The New York Times Explores Why We Read

October 3, 2008 at 7:12 pm Leave a comment

Always interested in articles up our alley, we stumbled across ‘A Good Mystery’ in the New York Times, an article by Motoko Rich, written in November of last year. I’m not sure if readers have changed much since then, so it’s good to take a look at it again. To read the entire article, follow this link. Otherwise, enjoy the exerpt below

And what is it, exactly, that turns someone into a book lover who keeps coming back for more?

There is no empirical answer. If there were, more books would sell as well as the “Harry Potter” series or “The Da Vinci Code.” The gestation of a true, committed reader is in some ways a magical process, shaped in part by external forces but also by a spark within the imagination. Having parents who read a lot helps, but is no guarantee. Devoted teachers and librarians can also be influential. But despite the proliferation of book groups and literary blogs, reading is ultimately a private act. “Why people read what they read is a great unknown and personal thing,” said Sara Nelson, editor in chief of the trade magazine Publishers Weekly.


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