and that really distresses me. A year or so ago, the Associated Press did a survey that found one in four (that's 25%) Americans didn't read any books in the previous year. One in four. I'm shocked! Seriously. I couldn't go one day without reading a book of some sort and the DH, who isn't nearly as avid as I, reads probably one book every month to two months. Those who answered the survey said they read nine books last year (women) or five books last year (men).
I think I read over 150 books in 2010.
A little better news? A revenue forecast I just saw predicts that more than $2.5 billion will be spent on ebooks by 2013...so obviously some people are reading. A lot.
So who is reading? Women and pensioners in the West and MidWest. Which is good, since I'm a romance author, because my base of readers is female...and since I write about towns/areas in the south/midwest I'm hoping those areas will appeal to those already reading...and maybe I'll bring in a few more non-readers.
As I said, I read every day. I love to read, to get lost in the world created by authors. My genre of course to read (and to write) is romance. I like knowing that all of the trials and tribulations the characters go through will end on a happy note. Nothing bugs me more than a book (or a movie) where the good guys lose and the bad guys win. Maybe that is what turns off readers: they have expectations that aren't being met.
I'm really just flummoxed about the fact that 25% of people aren't reading. At all. Are they too busy? (and how can you be too busy???) Were they turned off from reading by a classmate or teacher? Have they simply not found a genre of work that they like to use as an escape? What do we need to do to get them reading?