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One in four adult Americans did not read a book last year

Postby Grim Squeaker on Wed Aug 22, 2007 3:38 am

By ALAN FRAM, Associated Press Writer
Tue Aug 21, 7:01 PM ET


WASHINGTON - There it sits on your night stand, that book you've meant to read for who knows how long but haven't yet cracked open. Tonight, as you feel its stare from beneath that teetering pile of magazines, know one thing — you are not alone.

One in four adults read no books at all in the past year, according to an Associated Press-Ipsos poll released Tuesday. Of those who did read, women and older people were most avid, and religious works and popular fiction were the top choices.

The survey reveals a nation whose book readers, on the whole, can hardly be called ravenous. The typical person claimed to have read four books in the last year — half read more and half read fewer. Excluding those who hadn't read any, the usual number read was seven.

Read on: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070821/ap_ ... ts_ap_poll


As someone who reads well over 100 books a year (admittedly including a few rereads of the same book), I find this somewhat shocking...
I guess this also explains why so many Americans do not believe in our noodly deity :(
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Postby PastaPirate on Wed Aug 22, 2007 8:56 am

I used to read so much when I was younger. These days I don't read as much as I should... /sigh
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Postby Rainswept on Wed Aug 22, 2007 9:24 am

I go through phases. Sometimes I read a ton, sometimes I watch a ton of movies, sometimes I'll rent entire runs of a TV show and watch them episode by episode.

Lately I haven't been on as much of a reading kick, but I've still knocked down I'd say 20 or so books this year so far.
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Postby Zankou 2.0 on Wed Aug 22, 2007 9:57 am

Doesn't surprise me.
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Postby Vulcan Tofu on Wed Aug 22, 2007 10:47 pm

Admittedly, I'm not as prolific a reader as I was years ago. But that's just scary. I can only wonder: do they take the fact that they didn't read last year at all with pride?
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Postby Taidje Khan on Mon Sep 17, 2007 11:12 pm

I go through a ridiculous amount of books each year, and I have at least ten thousand in my house at any given point. Now I know why: I have to pick up your slack! You lousy bums, you should be ashamed!
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Postby Land Shark on Thu Oct 04, 2007 5:50 pm

Wow. It's not surprising, but it is sad.

I went to the library today, and picked up five books from the YA Classics section. I would have gotten more, but I'm pretty sure I'm going to have to renew some of these books. Kafka, Shakespeare (two), Stevenson, and Twain.
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Postby black bart on Fri Oct 05, 2007 6:22 am

Twain...wasn't it he who wrote: "Moon river"?
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Postby Rainswept on Fri Oct 05, 2007 8:21 am

No no, she is the sexy country singer I used to watch videos of with the mute function on. (I'm not a country fan)
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Postby black bart on Fri Oct 05, 2007 9:04 am

Ahha...is she still going in the singing business?
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Postby Detective TurtleHolmes on Mon Oct 15, 2007 3:58 am

Well, I must say that i'm glad that I live in Australia. A lot of people read books here. But i don't know everybody.
I myself read books by the truckload. I have two bookcases, they're both full, i've read them all, and I've had to pile them on the floor. I have over 1000 books, I'd say.
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Postby The Rabid Baby on Thu Oct 18, 2007 4:08 pm

*looks at bookshelf in room*

Errr....i think i got through the entire terry pratchett discworld series plus numerous other books and rereads in under a year. Does this make me unusual :? I'm glad I live in britain.....

And im currently reading the bible. Its huge - does it count as 3 books? :D
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Postby Ziggy on Thu Oct 18, 2007 5:12 pm

I thought about reading that, but I decided that the Lord of the Rings trilogy was more interesting.
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Postby Red Headed Brainiac on Thu Oct 18, 2007 5:59 pm

Funny so many people that are voracious readers are on this site ....

I read 80 or so books a year from technical books (I'm an engineer) to Steven Erikson to the classics ....... sometimes I have several in progress at a time. Fortunately, my daughter is also a reader - she is into the FlinX Sci Fi books right now, and I hope she will enjoy reading some of the 3500 or so books I have.

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Postby Rainswept on Thu Oct 18, 2007 9:36 pm

Red Headed Brainiac wrote:Funny so many people that are voracious readers are on this site ....

Not really. This site is found by people who care about quality of education, I think that ties in on many many levels with a love of learning, and by extension, reading.
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