What We Talk About When We Talk About Books The History

Reports of the death of reading are greatly exaggeratedDo you worry that you've lost patience for anything longer than a tweet? If so you're not alone Digital age pundits warn that as our appetite for books dwindles so too do the virtues in which printed bound objects once trained us the willpower to focus on a sustained argument the curiosity to look beyond the day's news the willingness to be aloneReports of the death of reading are greatly exaggeratedDo you worry that you've lost patience for anything longer than a tweet? If so you're not alone Digital age pundits warn that as our appetite for books dwindles so too do the virtues in which printed bound objects once trained us the willpower to focus on a sustained argument the curiosity to look beyond the day's news the willingness to be alone The shelves of the world's great libraries though tell acomplicated story Examining the wear and tear on the books that they contain English professor Leah Price finds scant evidence that a golden age of reading ever existed From the dawn of mass literacy to the invention of the paperback most readers already skimmed and multitasked Print era doctors even forbade the very same silent absorption now recommended as a cure for electronic addictions The evidence that books are dying proves even scarcer In encounters with librarians booksellers and activists who are reinventing old ways of reading Price offers fresh hope to bibliophiles and literature lovers alike