A typical school library houses roughly 8000 books, which coincidentally is about the same amount of books a new kindle can store.
That’s strange, isn’t it? That there exists a waterproof device capable of cataloguing the majority of human history… and it weighs less than a pancake. Let that soak for a second.
If you loaded a kindle to the brim and dedicated your life to reading a book on it every day until you’d finished them all, it’d keep you occupied for 21 years.
When you then consider that these 8000 titles would equate to only 0.008% of the 100 million or so books penned throughout history, it’s easy for your mind to wander into the incomprehensibility of the literary abyss.
This number doesn’t even include the 500 million newspapers sold every year, or the 840 million WordPress blog posts.
We are so saturated with information that sheer scale of what we will never be able to ingest is overwhelming.
Acknowledging this fact, accepting it, and attempting to filter through the noise anyway is all we can do.
There is too much available to justify reading anything which fails to captivate our attention. Feel no shame in reading twenty books, four pages at a time, whenever you feel like it.
Get to work on your Tsundoku, friend. Filter well, and enjoy.