There is an article in the Star today that says cheaper books will boost reading. And sure enough, in the article there are interviews with teachers and students who say they will buy more books if only they weren't so costly. I have no doubt about that.
However--though I think it's great that there's a chance book prices will be coming down--I do not think it will be of much help in my case. I already buy 3 or 4 books a month. That makes the number around 48 books per year. (This does not include the purchases from warehouse sales.) I'm a very slow reader, so out of those 48, I'll probably be able to finish around, say, 15 books (and that's being optimistic!) per year. What I fear is, these soon-to-be book-buying fiends will face the same problem I am having--the lack of time for reading so many purchased books.
So here I would like to also request that the government not only lower the price of books, but could they also please bend or stretch the time continuum, so we could have more time to read these soon-to-be cheaper books? Or we could attempt to steal time. Like from the mountains or the sea or something. I suggest we start at Sabak Bernam. They have lots of time there. They wouldn't miss it if we took some for reading.