13 Utterly Disappointing Facts About Books


1. In a 2012 survey, almost a fifth of children said they would be “embarrassed” if a friend saw them with a book….

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2. …and 54% of those questioned said they preferred watching TV to reading.

Here’s the study from the National Literary Trust.

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3. Fifty Shades of Grey is now the best-selling book of all time in Britain.

…topping all the print sales of the Harry Potter series.

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4. Snooki is a New York Times best-selling author.

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5. So is Jessica Alba.

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6. This Justin Bieber book? Also a New York Times best seller.

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7. Book and e-book sales are down 9.3% in the U.S.

And the trend is pretty much the same across the globe.

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8. The last Borders bookstore closed in September 2011. Barnes and Noble, which is battling a steady sales decline, has been closing about 15 stores a year.

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Sad face.

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9. Ebook sales have officially topped printed book sales as of 2011.

…which isn’t a death knell for reading per se, but it certainly signals the end of a rich historical era. Of paper.

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10. Forks, Washington, now has Twilight-themed stores designed to cash in on tourists.

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11. And the four-book Twilight series has sold over 116 million copies, almost half as many as Stephen King’s entire canon.

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12. It’s gotten so bad, books are now being MASSACRED for crafts.

Thanks, Lauren Conrad.

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13. And the worst: One in four Americans said they read ZERO books in the past year.

(According to this 2007 Associated Press poll.)

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