So Say We All!
I’m concerned at the demise of literary reading–the reading of fiction, poetry, or plays. It has declined among all specified ethnic groups, at all educational levels, among all age groups, and among both women and men. In US research, the “steepest decline in literary reading is in the youngest age groups”. For example, the decline goes from 59.8 percent in 1982’s 18-to-24 group to 42.8 percent in groups surveyed in 2002. The decline in literary reading correlates with increased participation in Facebook, Twitter, and discussion boards.
via Inside View from Ireland: Rise of Social, Demise of Literary Reading.
Yes, yes and yes!
But will book reading actually suffer? I doubt it. My kids would love to have Kindles so that they could read spontaneously. They get addicted to a series (don’t get me going about “Pretty Little Liars” right now), and once one book is polished off, they want to start the next one. But the scarcity model of book publishing means having to wait days between reading events if ordering a book from an online retailer; calling around town to find a book and often failing; or checking the library which often doesn’t have the latest materials. Does waiting, calling around, or getting frustrated help the reading experience? Not at all.
via It’s the End of the Book As We Know It — and I Feel Fine « The Scholarly Kitchen.
Nice post on the origin of the name Pue’s Occurrences!
via Pue's Occurrences
Dorchester, an excellent but undercapitalized publisher of mass market paperbacks in such popular genres as romance, horror, thrillers and westerns had been struggling for some time as returns hammered it relentlessly and digital books ate further into its margins. Milliot reports that the editorial team will remain intact but in all likelihood the monthly releases will drop from 30 to 25.
If Dorchester follows its digital decision, monthly releases are not the only thing that’s going to drop. Everything about the company’s operation will shrink if not implode. And yet, oddly, that will not necessarily be a bad thing. In the new paradigm, direct-to-consumer publishing means higher profits because all intermediaries (distributors, bookstores, etc.) are eliminated. E-Reads knows this: we’ve been doing it since 2000.
via The Incredible Shrinking Publisher | Publishing In the 21st Century.