Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Me Republican, Me No Read Good

Pat Schroeder, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Association of American Publishers, has decided to trash some of her customers. Schroeder was responding to an Associated Press-Ipsos poll that found people who consider themselves liberals read more books than conservatives. I really don't know what she's bragging about. The difference stated by the poll wasn't much.
Among those who had read at least one book, liberals typically read nine books in the year, with half reading more than that and half less. Conservatives typically read eight, moderates five. By slightly wider margins, Democrats tended to read more books than Republicans and independents.

It just might be that conservatives read one less book than the average liberal because they are “gainfully employed”. It’s easy to read an extra book a year with all that government assistance. Of course, what one reads is far more important than how much one reads.
I'm watching less TV because I'm reading more articles and journals on-line. My reading has changed too. While I would love nothing more than to curl up with a good book, who has time? That's why I subscribe to an audiobook club and download free/voluntary payment books. I figure I listen to at least 1 book a week. The poll didn't even consider people listening to books.

1 comment:

Evo Terra said...

The poll didn't cover audiobooks (or podiobooks, thanks for the plug:)) because only a very small amount of the book-reading public are actually book-listeners.

Your comments about the changing nature of media consumption are spot on. Will it trickle over to books, where more and more folks are choosing an audio version? I hope so. But the traditional audiobook suffers from two hurdles (or more) to over come:

1. They are EXPENSIVE. Extremely high costs for many first run titles.

2. They aren't very convenient. Audiobooks on CD don't easily transfer from the car to the home stereo for the next part. They represent a big chunk of time that's hard to... find time for. That's the primary reason we opted for the one-episode-at-a-time serialized version. It fits better with busy peoples' lifestyles.

Thanks again for the link to, and I hope you keep listening! Since you like audiobooks and are into political talk, you may want to try The Best Laid Plans. It's a different countries politics and isn't the most flattering of conservatives, but it's really a great book.