The book isn’t dead after all

Good news for everyone who loves books or loves it when other people love books: a recent study found that only 9% of Americans read no books in a typical year, while 37% read more than ten books (via LISNews):

There are certain groups who are more likely to read more than ten books in an average year. Looking at the generations, almost half (47%) of Matures (those aged 63 and older) say they read more than ten books compared to just one-third (33%) of Baby Boomers (those aged 44-62). Women are also more likely to read more than men 44 percent of women read more than ten books a year compared to three in ten (29%) men. Candidates may not want to try books to reach their partisans, but they may be a good way to reach out to Independents. Just one-third of Republicans (33%) and Democrats (35%) say they read more than ten books in a year compared to 44 percent of Independents.

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5 thoughts on “The book isn’t dead after all

  1. The title is not inspired …..sorry ,but the message is that the LOVE for books isn’t dead , not “the book “, so you could have said :”Highly cultivated people are not rare species after all “…or …..closer to what you actually thought :mrgreen:
    “Is quite crowded in my world , I am not alone as I thought ….after all ”

    :)

  2. If you want to be picky about it, the article actually has nothing to do with the love of books. All it says is that people are reading, whether they love it or not, and in our consumer-driven capitalist economy, as long as there’s a demand, the book will be alive.

    Think of it this way: if the article was about how often people go to the dentist, it wouldn’t be about their love for dentists, but it would imply that dentistry isn’t dead.

    At any rate, I’m glad to see that people are actually thinking about what I say. :)

  3. If I look to statistics , you’re right : the numbers show merely how many people read, don’t reveal their motivation.
    However , I can’t think of some other reasons what people are reading for than love for culture. Do you?

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