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26 October 2015 @ 04:39 pm
Just the facts, please...  
Here are two stories based on the same piece of research by Pew. I find it interesting how the same set of facts are presented in slightly different ways though the headline remains the same. The outcry is about how fewer Americans are reading books. Click on each link and see what you think.

http://www.latimes.com/books/jacketcopy/la-et-jc-fewer-americans-reading-books-20151021-story.html

http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2015/10/19/slightly-fewer-americans-are-reading-print-books-new-survey-finds/

The figures I find provocative are in the second chart in the latter story:



The bottom line here is that the average American read 12 books in the past 12 months. I find that the good news here. I am not sure how this number compares with past surveys (since that data is not present here). Nor was there any sort of breakdown about the books themselves. Were these books read for leisure? How do the genres, forms, and formats break down? For more information about the report and how it was conducted: http://www.pewinternet.org/2015/09/15/libraries-at-the-crossroads-methods/.

I wonder how a different journal might report these same findings?
 
 
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