Tracey*, one of our lovely Regular Contributors, sent us Publish or Parish by Ken Auletta (author of Googled: The End of the World As We Know It) --the second most popular story on The New Yorker's Website yesterday. I (the Mom) got in a huff over one of Steven Job's (of Apple fame) quotes from the article:
Jobs, who two years ago said that the book business was unsalvageable. “It doesn’t matter how good or bad the product is, the fact is that people don’t read anymore,” he said. “Forty per cent of the people in the U.S. read one book or less last year.”
While I don't pretend to understand what is happening in the publishing industry, I have been following the story. So tell me Mr. Jobs, what are the other 60% reading... 2 books, 10 books, 30 books, 100 books? A statistic like that just doesn't prove that "people don't read anymore." In fact there is good news: people are returning to their libraries (read the report from the American Libraries Association) and they are returning --for books, that's right to read. And more is available to everyone, online, through libraries --we can ALL afford to go to the library (read all about it here.)
If you don't feel like reading the entire New Yorker story but want an e-book/iPad/Kindle 101, listen to Tuesday's Fresh Air, Teri Gross interviewed Ken Auletta. Personally, I feel enlightened. Henceforth, I will clutch more closely my precious books, like Auletta admits he does, as well...
"I have a Kindle. I'm waiting to buy the iPad... But I prefer to read a book in hardcover. I can mark it, and it's on my bookshelf and I can refer to more easily."
In support of Libraries, Books for Walls Project encourages you to donate used books, become a friend of your local library and/or hug a librarian (or at least thank them)... simple things that are guaranteed to make the world better. Find your local library at www.worldcat.org.
P.S. We are working on getting Steve Job's email address to invite him to BFWP's --to show him that not only do people read, people LOVE to read! * And we'll formally introduce you to Tracey, very soon!
P.P.S Don't forget to take the Bedtime Story Challenge