Sunday, February 11, 2007

Read Between the Lines

Some interesting and highly disturbing facts about books:

Startling Stats

1/3 of high school graduates never read another book for the rest of their lives.
42 percent of college graduates never read another book after college.
80 percent of U.S. families did not buy or read a book last year.
70 percent of U.S. adults have not been in a bookstore in the last five years.
57 percent of new books are not read to completion.
70 percent of books published do not earn back their advance.
70 percent of the books published do not make a profit.

(Source: Jerold Jenkins,


Lawyerlike said...

That's extremely depressing, but what's the deal with 57% not finishing a book they started?

Personally, I can't leave a movie theatre after it starts and I finish a book when I've begun it.

Jim said...

I can understand why 57% not finishing a book. There are so many good books out there, but so many dogs. I have a limited amount of time to read, so if I don't like something I'm out and on to the next thing.