America Doesn’t Read?

So, there’s a new survey out that postulates that 1 out of 4 Americans haven’t read a single book in the past year.One of my favorite paragraphs from the AP article:”In 2004, a National Endowment for the Arts report titled “Reading at Risk” found only 57 percent of American adults had read a book in 2002, a four percentage point drop in a decade. The study faulted television, movies and the Internet.”Is that true, Chicago? Is the Internet causing us to look at books with disdain? How many books have you read in the last year?(As you may have noticed, I like the Internet and I’ve read 37 non-work books since January 1.)

3 Comments so far

  1. tricia (unregistered) on August 22nd, 2007 @ 9:40 pm

    I believe it is ironic that they have come out with this, considering the release of the latest Harry Potter book! It should at least count as two books!!


  2. Fuzzy (unregistered) on August 22nd, 2007 @ 11:17 pm

    I’m at 19 books so far this year (20, if Tricia’s rule is allowed). But doesn’t “the Internet” involve a lot of reading? Shorter works, but words and paragraphs none-the-less (unless you spend all day on YouTube or trying to click on the monkey or something).


  3. Brandi. (unregistered) on August 23rd, 2007 @ 7:25 am

    Yeah, talk about weird timing.

    Reading on the web is a different kind of reading. In most cases, the paragraphs are shorter. The ideas, as a whole, are broken into little bits. Maybe the book people are freaking out because they’re worried about a generation of IMers, social networkers, and monkey clickers who have to fight off ADD to sit down and read a novel.

    (The other interesting thing about that study is what people are reading. They’re reading popular fiction, nonfiction, and the Bible. Some might even counter that the Bible is the perfect bite-size book, one in which it takes about 52 weeks to get through.)



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