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Do You Still Read Books?
« on: August 23, 2007, 11:09:02 AM »
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 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 older people were most avid, and religious works and popular fiction were the top choices.

The survey reveals a nation whose book readers, on the whole, can hardly be called ravenous. The typical person claimed to have read four books in the last year — half read more and half read fewer. Excluding those who hadn’t read any, the usual number read was seven.

“I just get sleepy when I read,” said Richard Bustos of Dallas, a habit with which millions of Americans can doubtless identify. Bustos, a 34-year-old project manager for a telecommunications company, said he had not read any books in the last year and would rather spend time in his backyard pool.

That choice by Bustos and others is reflected in book sales, which have been flat in recent years and are expected to stay that way indefinitely. Analysts attribute the listlessness to competition from the Internet and other media, the unsteady economy and a well-established industry with limited opportunities for expansion.

When the Gallup Poll asked in 2005 how many books people had at least started — a similar but not directly comparable question — the typical answer was five. That was down from 10 in 1999, but close to the 1990 response of six.

In 2004, a National Endowment for the Arts report titled “Reading at Risk” found only 57 percent of American adults had read a book in 2002, a four percentage point drop in a decade. The study faulted television, movies and the Internet.

Demographics of non-book readers

Who are the 27 percent of people the AP-Ipsos poll found hadn’t read a single book this year? Nearly a third of men and a quarter of women fit that category. They tend to be older, less educated, lower income, minorities, from rural areas and less religious.

At the same time, book enthusiasts abound. Many in the survey reported reading dozens of books and said they couldn’t do without them.

“I go into another world when I read,” said Charlotte Fuller, 64, a retired nurse from Seminole, Fla., who said she read 70 books in the last year. “I read so many sometimes I get the stories mixed up.”

Among those who said they had read books, the median figure — with half reading more, half fewer — was nine books for women and five for men. The figures also indicated that those with college degrees read the most, and people aged 50 and up read more than those who are younger.

Pollyann Baird, 84, a retired school librarian in Loveland, Colo., says J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter fantasy series is her favorite. But she has forced herself to not read the latest and final installment, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” because she has yet to file her income taxes this year due to an illness and worries that once she started the book, “I know I’d have to finish it.”

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« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2007, 01:28:17 PM »
Yeah.... during my breaktime at work.... i read mostly German books. The last time we visited my sister in London had bought few in English version.  Pastilan, gitay-an na pod Iningles ko, uwaw baya isuwat unya i issue pa gajod.  just understand, ok?  No more time to read now, tulog muna galing pa kasi aho sa trabaho. By the way, do you speak German language? B.M from Riyahd wrote to me German words. For you: Es ist leider so spät für mich, ich bin ziemlich sehr müde. Also, Gute nacht! - It is too late for me, i am quite tired. Well, good night! Alas 7:30 sa buntag diri.

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« Reply #2 on: August 23, 2007, 03:57:06 PM »


grabe kaayo ko hingbasa... books, journals, newspapers and any forms of literatures... lain ako system kon wala koy mabasa....

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« Reply #3 on: August 23, 2007, 09:37:24 PM »
dili na kaayo ko himasa libro ron.. newspaper panagsa :)
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« Reply #4 on: August 23, 2007, 11:05:00 PM »
i still am definitely an avid reader... whether books or journals or anything... reading keeps the brain alive and working... it keeps feeding new ideas and other stuff...
I'm gonna take my cross and carry it... heck! I'm even gonna dance while i'm doing it!

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« Reply #5 on: August 24, 2007, 12:11:45 AM »
I'm a big science fiction and fantasy fiction reader. Any of you guys into Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings? Or the Halo series and 40,000 Warhammer series?

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« Reply #6 on: August 24, 2007, 12:16:07 AM »
Purpose Driven Life nindot!
"All that is needed for evil to succeed is, that decent human beings doing nothing". (Edmund Burke)

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« Reply #7 on: August 24, 2007, 12:26:20 AM »
I used to devour
Ludlum, Clancy, Grisham, Clavel...
Then I got hooked with Baigent, Picknet, Knight, Cuello

Now, it's TuBo!
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« Reply #8 on: August 24, 2007, 01:04:31 AM »

Ah GEC. "By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept"

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« Reply #9 on: August 24, 2007, 02:15:03 AM »

Yes, I do read as often as I can. Especially karon nga nag skwela ko ug lain nga language, aron di ko malibog...libog na raba daan...;D

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« Reply #10 on: August 24, 2007, 02:21:53 AM »
Hi! too curious as always be..... what language you are learning now(no worry, may pagka-bangka-agan bitaw)

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« Reply #11 on: August 24, 2007, 02:23:28 AM »

Norwegian language, Bambi!

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« Reply #12 on: August 24, 2007, 03:39:10 AM »
i like paulo coelho´s books... so inspirational.

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« Reply #13 on: August 24, 2007, 04:13:46 AM »
Mike, Ligiah,

I've read Cuello's "The Alchemist"; his novel which humanizes the prophet Elijah and the widow ( I just forgot the title, silly me); and that other book about a young lady who failed in her attempt to  commit suicide and woke up finding herself in a mental institution (Veronica, something.... Sillier me  I also forgot the title) :)

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« Reply #14 on: August 24, 2007, 09:50:39 AM »

Ginger!

interesting,  take time and relax, u will get if 4 sure coz - may kabangka-agan or shall i say..... bangi-itan! da lagi gawas discurso.

i did not learn German language anyway, i learned it by myself and thru friends, workmates ug practise kay bibo tabi kalingaw.

Read books in Norwegian language.  You might not understand it at first, it is a great help.

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« Reply #15 on: August 24, 2007, 10:06:40 AM »
i do...reading is empowering. before, i'd a project "every child is a learner." i donated books to the barrios thru the books for the barrios program.

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« Reply #16 on: September 04, 2007, 05:35:47 AM »

Anyone read " The Road" by Cormac McCarthy?

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« Reply #17 on: September 04, 2007, 06:32:06 AM »
Yep, I'm still reading books but wala ko kabasa anang The Road pero nakabasa ko sa iyang "The Crossing" sa una ang latest nako nabasa kay MIDDLESEX
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« Reply #18 on: September 04, 2007, 06:35:06 AM »


Kudos for El Mundo, now I know who you are... I really admired you.

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« Reply #19 on: September 04, 2007, 04:26:01 PM »
I used to. Now, dili na kaayo. I should get back to it gyud. My favorites were (still are) Mary Higgins Clark, Michael Crichton and Isabel Allende.

Karon, puro diet books ra gyud akong ga basahon, The South Beach Diet, that new one by Mehmet Oz, etc etc

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