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Old 03-19-2008, 07:02 PM   #1
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BusinessWeek: Significant increase in e-book sales in 2007

According to this week's print edition of Business Week (March 24, 2008), e-book sales increased 59% in 2007 over 2006 based on wholesale U.S. revenues of trade book publishers. That's a significant increase, particularly when compared to the less-than-stellar increase (actually a slight decline) in p-book sales.

Also of interest are these statistics from the same page: Americans ages 20-34 spend on average 10 minutes a day reading for pleasure. Those 35-44 spend about 13 minutes; 45-54 spend about 19 minutes; 55-64 spend about 32 minutes; and 65-74 spend about 46 minutes.
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Old 03-19-2008, 07:27 PM   #2
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the increase in sales is encouraging. maybe content will start to follow.

as for the decrease in minutes of reading per day, i wonder if it's more because the older generations were brought up with the idea of recreational reading (in which case the decline is alarming), or because students / working people have less free time for *anything* than retired people (in which case again the increase is encouraging...). i know in my case, work gets in the way of a *lot* of things i would rather do...
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the increase in sales is encouraging. maybe content will start to follow.

as for the decrease in minutes of reading per day, i wonder if it's more because the older generations were brought up with the idea of recreational reading (in which case the decline is alarming), or because students / working people have less free time for *anything* than retired people (in which case again the increase is encouraging...). i know in my case, work gets in the way of a *lot* of things i would rather do...

zelda, you will find as you get older and you need to wear a bib to soak-up that unintentioned saliva dribbling from your mouth [ not yours personally you understand ], that the only physical activity you can indulge in is...reading. This simply involves ensuring that the eyelids are prised open and that the eyeballs have some residual movement. I assure you it has nothing to do with ideas or habits, simply age and the availability of time.
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Old 03-19-2008, 10:23 PM   #4
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what an apt yet witty reply, old chap ! have some karma...

(hey, shouldn't you be asleep by now ? i should... in fact, i'm going *right* *now*)
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Old 03-19-2008, 10:35 PM   #5
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what an apt yet witty reply, old chap ! have some karma...

(hey, shouldn't you be asleep by now ? i should... in fact, i'm going *right* *now*)
zelda, yes I should..and I am, very shortly...and just to annoy you...here's some stuff for you also. And.....less of the 'old chap' you saucy young minx.

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Old 03-20-2008, 01:42 PM   #6
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Also of interest are these statistics from the same page: Americans ages 20-34 spend on average 10 minutes a day reading for pleasure. Those 35-44 spend about 13 minutes; 45-54 spend about 19 minutes; 55-64 spend about 32 minutes; and 65-74 spend about 46 minutes.
I'm not 50 yet, and I get in 2-3 hours reading a day!

(But I really should exercise more.)
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So by "reading for pleasure" are they counting online reading? I probably spend more than 13 minutes here most days, plus I have other news sites, blogs and forums that I read on pretty much a daily basis before we even start counting time I spend with paper media or my Kindle.
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I'm not 50 yet, and I get in 2-3 hours reading a day!

(But I really should exercise more.)
I get in about that much reading for pleasure a day too... in my case I'm giving up sleep as well as exercise... but one has to have priorities
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Old 03-20-2008, 05:23 PM   #9
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So by "reading for pleasure" are they counting online reading? I probably spend more than 13 minutes here most days, plus I have other news sites, blogs and forums that I read on pretty much a daily basis before we even start counting time I spend with paper media or my Kindle.
Glad you still consider reading on this site "pleasure reading".
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Old 03-20-2008, 10:00 PM   #10
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I'm not 50 yet, and I get in 2-3 hours reading a day!

(But I really should exercise more.)
You should spend more time writing. I finished the The Onuissance Cells and The First Expedition (and I want more of this world). And I am a just about finished with Berserker (the Kestral Voyages), and I know I am gonna want more of that.

So forget the exercise, and put the fingers to the keyboard, Mr. Jordan!
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You should spend more time writing. I finished the The Onuissance Cells and The First Expedition (and I want more of this world). And I am a just about finished with Berserker (the Kestral Voyages), and I know I am gonna want more of that.

So forget the exercise, and put the fingers to the keyboard, Mr. Jordan!
Doin' that too, doin' that too.
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Also of interest are these statistics from the same page: Americans ages 20-34 spend on average 10 minutes a day reading for pleasure. Those 35-44 spend about 13 minutes; 45-54 spend about 19 minutes; 55-64 spend about 32 minutes; and 65-74 spend about 46 minutes.
I find these statistics, as worded here, unbelievable. Surely Americans ages 20-34 spend much more than 10 minutes a day reading for pleasure--for instance, reading blogs, websites, online newspapers, emails, etc. Or does this specifically mean reading books?
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I find these statistics, as worded here, unbelievable. Surely Americans ages 20-34 spend much more than 10 minutes a day reading for pleasure--for instance, reading blogs, websites, online newspapers, emails, etc. Or does this specifically mean reading books?
I suspect that this just means there is a huge range between some pleasure readers (like me, 2-3 hours a day) and others ("Pfft! I never read, man!"), and the guys like you and me are seriously outnumbered, which brings the average numbers down pretty low.
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