The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

27 January 2004

Book 'em

Georgie Rasco of the Oklahoma City Literacy Council tosses up this startling statistic:

A publishing industry study showed that from April 1999 to March 2001, six out of 10 U.S. households did not buy a single book. "Unfortunately, reading may therefore someday be engaged in by a small minority of people who are regarded as eccentrics by their fellow citizens," states the American Booksellers Association.

Given the vast quantities of books being purchased in this country, obviously some of us are taking up the slack — but the sixty percent who don't buy books aren't benefiting in any substantial way from the forty percent who do.

I try to avoid getting worried about this Great Divide, lest I come up with some bizarre notions that involve, say, the government conspiring with the pharmaceutical companies to keep us dumb and drugged.

Posted at 7:37 AM to Almost Yogurt


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That's not taking into account the people who go to the library to get books. Or people who download books that are already in the public domain.

Posted by: sya at 7:50 AM on 27 January 2004

I think we buy six to ten a week! BTW, thanks for the trackback.

Posted by: Chris at 8:38 PM on 27 January 2004

That's not taking into account the people who go to the library to get books. Or people who download books that are already in the public domain.

Or buy used books at flea markets and garage sales.

Posted by: McGehee at 4:17 AM on 28 January 2004

Still, a lot of these secondary-market people are there because they're in the habit of buying books in the first place.

Posted by: CGHill at 7:38 AM on 28 January 2004