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image of reviewersA book, is a book is a book and all books are the same… Nobody I know of said that, but those who choose to not read probably feel that way. You may have noticed my motto, not taken from some historical figure, but from the depths of my own feelings, which is a philosophy on reading and writing and it states that: –

“A word can change a mind. A sentence can change a life. A book can change the world.”

Think about that simple statement and look back at great words, written beliefs and books that have changed the world. Many books have changed the world, I wonder sometimes how many wars have managed the same.

It’s often said that the pen is mightier than the sword. But we cannot deny that wars have had major impacts on many lives and modern day warfare has led to a burst of technological change. You only have to look at one aspect of Word War 2, the V1 & V2 rockets used by Hitler against Britain, to see how this led to manned space flight and satellites. It could be argued that without Hitler and the Nazis, we wouldn’t have GPS and be able to travel all over the globe in aircraft. How many books out there have led to such a change in world travel.

Despite the obvious evidence, I think words can change people and the way people live, but in a more subtle way over long periods of time. You only have to look at books such as the Bible and Quran.

What I do find odd, in our western society at least, is how many illiterate people there are in the world, including in rich nations such as the UK and USA. I wish, wish, sorely wish, I had the money to educate or persuade governments to educate those who cannot read. That, to me, would be an achievement of world shattering proportions. But maybe technology is ahead of the game here.

It seems a high proportion of searches on Google are actually by voice rather than typed into a keyboard. It’s estimated that by 2020 50% of all searches will be by voice. Just think about that. You will be able to ask your computer to play your favourite music, show your favourite TV show or read a book to you. None of which require you to read. Even the dreaded foreign films with sub-titles will be a thing of the past soon , as AI is used to manipulate dubbing in a foreign language so that you will not notice the difference.

Google alone is spending a fortune on its AI technology and has even made their AI read romance novels to help improve the way it interacts with humans.

At some point, the ability to read may become a thing of the past. Even writers like myself can write books using voice recognition.

A book may have the ability to change the world, but in the future you will never need to actually read the book yourself.


Tom Kane © 2017

As a English expat author living in Cyprus, you may think my life revolves around cocktails by the pool. You would be wrong. In ten years on the island I’ve had my fair share of adventures and interesting experiences.

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