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Old 07-16-2007, 11:27 AM
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Thumbs up Do People still read books?

Used to be that a person could write a book, sell it to a publisher, and make a decent living even off of modest sellers. A report I read from the industry (sorry I don't have the link; I'll try to find it) stated that the average annual salary for a writer sits at an underwhelming $5,000 a year. And that's for books that sell. Obviously, J.K. Rowling and Dan Brown have cashed in, but they, and a scant few others, remain extreme exceptions.

Do writers' plummeting salaries provide a reflection on the number of books people buy and/or read? The internet age has diverted a lot of our attention online, not to mention gaming, increased time for work and family, double wage earning families, and so on. In a good year I read more than 40 books (20 when I was in Grad School).

Do you buy and/or read books? How many a year? Do you want to read more but can't find the time?



Old 07-16-2007, 11:32 AM
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I'd say I read about 5 - 8 a year. I love to read but honestly I just don't have time. I read a lot of news online - but they are quick reads that I do every morning and then once before bed.
Old 07-16-2007, 11:33 AM
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Very sadly I don't read nearly as much as I used to. Most of the books I read nowadays are one page long (well four if you count all sides of the box) and contain breakfast cereal.
Old 07-16-2007, 11:34 AM
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I don't quite have time for literature but I download and read a lot of e-books.
Old 07-16-2007, 12:15 PM
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Hm. I think it depends on the kind of book. But yea, bestselling writers like them obviously make a killing. I don't think its ever been easy to cash in though in writing. But it probably has gone down. Its apparently tougher in the non-fiction market, especially in tech cuz tech changes so often, so a much smaller number of books sold is consider a success.
Old 07-16-2007, 12:18 PM
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Ah a books thread ...

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Old 07-16-2007, 12:22 PM
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Old 07-16-2007, 01:04 PM
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I was always a big reader, but now I don't have time to actually sit and read. I used to rent audio books on cassette, then came the i-Pod! Now I download whatever books look good on iTunes, and I listen to them while I do not-so-riveting things like - clean, fold laundry and exercise.
Old 07-16-2007, 01:57 PM
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I can read upwards of 10 a month.
I usually settle around 4, though.
Old 07-16-2007, 02:18 PM
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I read nearly every night before I go to sleep, an average of 20 books a month.
Old 07-16-2007, 02:42 PM
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i love reading -and i am looking forward to the last harry potter!!
Old 07-16-2007, 02:55 PM
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Yes I buy books, sometimes I even read them, sometimes I tease myself by seeing how long I can just let an unread book lay there on the shelf.

Once I read a whole book in the time it took me to walk home from school, distance 1.5 miles, I was quite surprised not to have been run over when I came to think about it, it was So long and thanks for all the fish by D. Adams.

I sometimes just hang out at bookshops pretending to buy books but secretly reading them.

I lost several pounds in weight reading Lord of the Rings the first time around cos I kept forgetting to eat.

I got so engrossed in reading one of the Dune books I forgot about my girlfriend and how we would be apart for nearly three months. That caused no end of trouble. Fortunately now she knows not to bother me when I got my head stuck in a book.

Reading is not for fun, I read with my mind, imagination and heart. It is for me a need. So when I say I haven't read a book in over a year, I am saying something.
Old 07-16-2007, 02:59 PM
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I read as much as I can. Being a teacher, most of what I read is related to my work, but I pick up a book every now and then when I have time. I would say I read about 5 books in the summer, and about 5 books combined the rest of the year.
Old 07-16-2007, 03:21 PM
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People still read fiction and entertainment books I think. Most people pick a few authors and read only their books. Also, I think less and less people are going to books for information because information is found so easily on the internet.
Old 07-16-2007, 09:02 PM
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I love reading and that's how I learned English too! (double benefits for me)
I usually read while I wait for my son's football training to finish in winter and swimming in summer... lol
Old 07-17-2007, 01:11 AM
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I've been busy lately and haven't read a single book in 4 months. I used to read about 1-4 books in a month.
Old 07-17-2007, 05:25 AM
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time is my main problem right now, that's why I can't read books. but I'm interested in reading books especially historical and mythological type of book.
Old 07-17-2007, 05:41 AM
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I dont read books normally

but if its a good book or a gifted book, I would love to read.

If I feel interested in the content, I try to read in one go.. or I wont read it .

The books I like are usually based on fiction, romance, occult, marketing, autobiography, real life incidents, poems etc.

I definitely try anything for a try .. since everything got something to learn.

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Old 07-17-2007, 05:48 AM
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Yes, I absolutely love reading, and now my interests are mainly focused on psychology, sociology, and stuff like that.
Old 07-17-2007, 06:18 AM
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I don't read a whole lot anymore. I've been slowly getting back into it, reading a couple here and there. College kinda ruined it for me, and then when I was taking all those masters degree courses in info & library science, wow that killed my desire to read even more with all the books we were forced to read.
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