My family didnt get a tv until I was 14 (I'm 32 now). The only tv I watched was when I went to the neighbors house or when we went to visit my grandparents during the summer. My parents always bought me books though. (still do) By the time we got our first tv I had easily over a thousand books. I read eveything from the Hardy Boys to The Hobbit. They would buy me books about history , science, sports, etc... Now that I'm older and have much less free time I dont read as much as I used to; but there are still nights were I dont power up the HT and instead read all night. During the Christmas holidays I was shopping in Waldenbooks. The mall was packed due to the holidy. As I was standing in line I realized there was hardly any people in the store. The majority of people who were there either had a calender or a Harry Potter book. Today I went to trade in some paperbacks at the local paperback book exchange and the old man who owns the store told me he is closing his doors due to lack of business. Even the librarian at our library says she has days were only one or two people come in, and we live in a good size town. This disturbs me. For one thing there is no better theater than the mind. I have never seen a movie that was better than the book it was adapted from. Second of all I hope to be a published writer one day and I hope that there are people out there who will want to read my stories. ( I wrote that last part partially in jest ) Please people, go out and read a book. Pick a book that apeals to you, it doesnt have to be a literary giant, hell, I still enjoy reading the old Conan pulp fiction stories. I can guarantee you will find it rewarding.