Sunday, July 20, 2003


The NY Times magazine has a long article on Peter Olson, CEO of Random House. A lot of detail about the publishing industry. This caught my eye:
Citing a figure often bandied about in the industry, he went on, ''only 50 percent of adults have read a book since they finished school. And only half of those people buy more than two a year. Our job is to build that number.''
I find that quote staggering. Only half of American adults read a book -- any book -- after they finish school? Ever? Can that be true?


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