Sunday, July 25, 2004

Book Report

Book sales are down and from that fact market analysts conclude so is the amount of time people spend reading. That may not be true, though.

The story quotes someone specualting one reason is all the other activities competing for our time. One reason my book reading is less than I would like it to be is that I spend time reading blogs instead. I suspect this is true for others as well.

What the story doesn't mention is whether email and now blogs have increased the amount of time the average person spends writing, producing not just consuming written content.

The demise of the book has been predicted for years, now there seems to be some evidence for it. Oddly enough, the art of compostion seems to be undergoing a renaissance in some corners.

What do you think? Are books done for?

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