Full-length book readership is dropping, becoming an activity of an ever-narrowing group.
“While virtually anyone who wants to do so can train his or her brain to the habits of long-form reading, in any given culture, few people will want to. And that’s to be expected. Serious “deep attention” reading has always been and will always be a minority pursuit.
[…] while there was a period in which extraordinarily many Americans practiced long-form reading, whether they liked it or not, that period was indeed extraordinary and not sustainable in the long run. “We are now seeing such reading return to its former social base: a self-perpetuating minority that we shall call the reading class.”
[…] It is more common to come across the person who has known the joys of reading but who can be distracted from them. But even those folks are a small percentage of the population.”
“Small percentage of the population.” Yet it isn’t an exlusive club. The doors are open and everyone’s welcome!
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