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Book Reading Down, Book Writing Up

In a New York Times Sunday Book Review essay, Rachel Donadio notes the interesting discrepancy between book reading and book writing. Namely, people aren’t reading, but they’re certainly doing a lot of writing.

In 2007, a whopping 400,000 books were published or distributed in the United States, up from 300,000 in 2006, according to the industry tracker Bowker, which attributed the sharp rise to the number of print-on-demand books and reprints of out-of-print titles … In short, everyone has a story — and everyone wants to tell it.

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Comment: Book Reading Down, Book Writing Up

  1. That’s a rather frightening observation.

    My hope would be that perhaps some of these authors would publish something worth reading.

    While it’s true that the decline in reading ability is linked to the abolishment of phonics the pulp publishing industry must take some responsibility for failing to publish books that people actually want to read.

    write on…

    Richard McCullough