There was an interesting article on CNN.COM a few years ago, about the reading habits of the species Bookwormicus Americana, a critter that some researchers periodically think is nearing extinction but always seems to get in the mood for procreation and rebounds quite nicely, thank you very much!
According to this article (No longer accessable, sad to say.) Book Clubs are sprouting like weeds on the lawn but some folks are asking if Americans are reading more, or do they just want you to think they are?
As a Bookworm of impeccable credentials and long standing I have seen the ups and downs of the business and the ever changing tastes of the reading public.
Most of the books in my own collection are more than 400 pages long and some are twice that, so it amuses me when I see the look of fright on some folks faces at the thought of reading something more than 250 pages long, and /or more complex than a Stephen King novel. :-D
I started out reading Hardy Boy and Nancy Drew books, then mysteries and horror, then Star Trek.
As my interest in history, politics and then movies, took hold my tastes in reading changed accordingly.
I think CLUBS are a great way to stimulate folks interest in reading and the more folks actually read the books they buy then the better. :-D
Come on folks! They won't bite, honest! :-D
Trust me (heh, heh)...