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Troy
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Posted on Wednesday, March 11, 2009 - 08:11 am:   Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Literary reading on the rise for first time in history of Arts Endowment survey

January 12, 2009

Washington, D.C. -- For the first time in more than 25 years, American adults are reading more literature, according to a new study by the National Endowment for the Arts. Reading on the Rise documents a definitive increase in rates and numbers of American adults who read literature, with the biggest increases among young adults, ages 18-24. This new growth reverses two decades of downward trends cited previously in NEA reports such as Reading at Risk and To Read or Not To Read.

Download the entire paper at http://www.arts.gov/news/news09/ReadingonRise.html
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Chrishayden
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Posted on Saturday, March 14, 2009 - 10:06 am:   Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Considering last year thta the majority of adult Americans didn't read even ONE book--so if a number of them looked at even ONE book you had a 100% increase-- I got to say these results are encouraging but not much.

I'd like to see a greater breakdown of what they read, when they read it, whether they read it all the way through.
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Troy
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Posted on Saturday, March 14, 2009 - 11:09 am:   Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I was kinda surprised no one commented on this before now...

Chris two things struck me:
1- If more Americans in absolute terms are reading; this should bode well fir the future of book sales
2 - Poetry is in serious trouble

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