The world today is busy, but there are still many people that take the time to read books. They do not necessarily do this for information about their lives and careers. Many people want to relax, and books are a way to accomplish this goal. Books for non-educational purposes are still popular. Novels, autobiographies and information on interesting subjects still attract a wide crowd of readers. These people are seeking pleasure rather than usable knowledge.
A good story, in any format, is well worth the time it takes to hear it, view it or read it. Realistic characters and places capture a person's imagination. Books are particularly good at this, and this is one reason people still take the time to read them. They allow people to escape the real world and discover other people and places. Books are a way to travel far without leaving the comfort of home.
Fiction is a preferred choice for many readers today, but some people prefer real life drama. There have always been books about the rich and famous. It seems to matter little if the person wrote about themselves or a professional author chronicled their life. Accuracy and a wealth of details matter more to the reader than the author, and this continues to hold true in the modern world.
Crime has become a major source of book material in the digital age. The flow of information keeps the world more informed, and people are often curious about serial killers. Books written about them have their own macabre popularity and followings. People want to know the details of how the killers were discovered, where the clues were found and how real detectives put together the pieces of the puzzle. Even though the reader knows the story's ending, this type of book still delivers hours of vicarious pleasure.