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Who goes a year without books?

The Bookseller Magazine in the UK reports that Brits are more bookish than the Americans. A survey found “that 57% of British consumers purchased one or more books last year, compared with only 50% of Americans surveyed.”

The numbers are really meaningless but the thing that concerns me is that there are people in both countries who will go through an entire year without buying a book. Think about it. No books bought for birthday presents, no books bought for Christmas presents, no travel guides bought for holidays, no cookbooks bought for the kitchen, no textbooks bought for college, no Dan Browns or James Pattersons bought to enliven dull flights, no how-to guides to rebuild old chevys and, of course, no books bought for the sheer pleasure of reading.

I find this statistic rather scary.

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