Monday, November 26, 2007

The National Endowment for the Arts has released a new report that shows Americans are reading less. Two years ago their report was titled “Reading at Risk.” The new report is “To Read or Not to Read.” I’m not hearing clear and obvious solutions to the problem of declining reading. It seems to me that the talk of solutions takes on a bit of finger pointing. Authors, publishers, and booksellers are looking the wrong direction if they think educators, the media, political and business leaders, and librarians are going to fix this. These groups should be helpful, but I think it’s the publishing industry that needs to be on the front line. People are not going to be pushed into reading, but maybe they can be sucked in.


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