The U.S. Bureau of the Census conducted a study on the amount of literary reading (as opposed to electronic) in America. They bottom line is that reading has declined across all age and social categories, and that this decline has accelerated within the last several years. “Reading is not a timeless, universal capability. Advanced literacy is a specific intellectual skill and social habit…” For the comments of chairman of the National Endowment of the Arts board, Dana Goia, see here.

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Posted by Keith E. Buhler


  1. Hmm… I’d guess there’s a strong negative correlation with the advent of the Internet, and blogging in particular. Heck, TiVo has to share some of the blame. Who has time to read?


  2. If the average blogger attention span is something under 60 seconds, not many online books will get read.


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