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Old 08-22-2007, 10:02 AM
Location: Houston, TX
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This article was in today's Houston Chronicle. I don't know about you but it really bummed me out to realize how few people are actually readers. Reading is one of the joys of my life and I just can't imagine that there are people who choose NOT to read.

Aug. 22, 2007, 12:16AM
1 in 4 adults read no books last year, poll finds
Findings indicate seniors and women were the most avid readers

Associated Press

WASHINGTON — There it sits on your night stand, that book you've meant to read for who knows how long but haven't yet cracked open. Tonight, as you feel its stare from beneath that teetering pile of magazines, know one thing — you are not alone.

One in four adults say they read no books at all in the past year, according to an Associated Press-Ipsos poll released Tuesday. Of those who did read, women and seniors were most avid, and religious works and popular fiction were the top choices.

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Old 08-22-2007, 10:10 AM
Location: gilbert az "move me to Boise"
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I personally do not think that it is because"we choose not to read"
I think due to the heavy schedules of raising children, working to"stay alive" in America - the average person just does not seem to have the time to sit and enjoy a good book - I have 2 on my nightstand and look at them everyday -and I love to read - but life is so fast and consuming - where do you find those few minutes of quietness...
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Old 08-22-2007, 11:27 AM
Location: Houston, TX
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I'm not sure that I entirely agree. I think that reading has been replaced by television, computers and all the other personal electronics. My husband and I are both readers and we raised a reader (she'd rather read than sleep). I never leave the house without the book I'm reading in case I find myself with a few idle minutes. It comes to work with me each day and because I "eat in" rather than going out, I have a full hour to devote to my book. I manage to get in a few pages before falling asleep each night and whenever I have a doctor/dentist appointment I know I'll be kept waiting in the waiting room. Most people just do like you do, keep it in one spot and hope for some time. Your books have to be like an American Express card - you can't leave home without it.
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Old 08-22-2007, 11:46 AM
Location: Toledo
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As an avid reader I find this troubling. It seems like people hardly go to the public library to check out books anymore. Now they just go straight to the computers (yeah I know they are technically reading but it's not the same) or video section. I'm like you Redrover, I'm never without a book just in case I have some idle time. IMO there is really no excuse to not read at least one book in a year.
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Old 08-22-2007, 12:20 PM
Location: Newton, NJ (but my heart is in Tennessee)
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I have been an avid reader ever since I learned to read and have to exercise some restraint at booksales if I don't want to fill up my car. One time I heard someone say that she does not like to read because you don't learn anything! Ironically, she was in a bookstore at the time. I was stunned. The thousands of books I have read have been an incredible learning experience.
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Old 08-22-2007, 12:32 PM
Location: Oxford, England
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I find it sad but hardly shocking as nowadays most leisure activity seems to involve audio-visual stimulation or shopping... I too love to read and in fact cannot even imagine one day without a book . I find it terribly depressing that we are becoming less literate as a society and I still cannot fathom why anyone would find reading boring ( as many people do ) when it opens a new world , excites the imagination and fires up dreams. It is such a wonderful means of escapism and I am always stunned when I visit people who don't own books ( and I have met many). How can anybody exist without the joys of literature ?
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Old 08-22-2007, 12:59 PM
Location: Pasadena, CA
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I believe that more people are reading today than cited by the article. Today parents read to their children nightly, while not the classic tomes for adults, families are sharing 'reading' as an activity. An example for the resurgence in readers is the Harry Potter series. These stories are a huge domestic and international phenomenon. Readers, mostly young to preteen with some adult following, hungrily devour the series and enjoy comparing the movie versions to the books.
The majority of the readers out there, in my opinion, read for pleasure rather than advancing their knowledge in world politics, economics, the sciences or history. So many are not as informed about core historical facts, or have read the recognized classics of the past, as our counterparts forty years ago. It would be sad if true.
I admit that the books I read have mostly honed my detective skills and vivid imagination! Most evenings I read before falling asleep and my loving husband turns off my light when alerted by the thud of my booking falling to the floor! My family often trades shopping bags filled with paperbacks when we get together and I look forward to reading what others found interesting enough to share. Our nine year old daughter reads at bedtime too.
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Old 08-22-2007, 02:35 PM
Location: Portland, Oregon
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Agree with PP's. I am never without a book. At work, I always read either newspaper or book at lunchtime sometimes at the library.
Neil Conan, NPR, led with this statistic today. Conan pointed out perhaps one reason for the low number could be people are now listening to audio books instead of reading. The hour was devoted to this topic. One participant made the point that some books are more enjoyable on audio, depending on the reader's voice; i.e., The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, even Harry Potter.
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Old 08-22-2007, 02:51 PM
Location: Palm Beach Gardens, Fla
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I LOVE to read- always have, always will. I agree that the internet - in large part - does NOT count (LOL) as far as reading goes. It takes critical thinking, imagination, etc when it comes to reading your favorite novel (mystery, fantasy, sci-fi, etc). I have to read alot of textbooks for gradschool but it will never rob me of my recreational reading time. Sometimes your brain needs a break, an escape. You would think picking up another book is the last thing I would do but it's different....
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Old 08-22-2007, 04:35 PM
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Well they can classify me as one of those 4 because I rarely read (books). I read music, maps, magazines, news articles, floor plans, but not books.
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