Today in books and publishing: People under 30 most likely to read; who keeps buying O'Reilly's books?; Nick Hornby finds Virginia Woolf snobby; Jackie Collins recaps Revenge.
Kids these days, am I right? Everyone concerned about whether or not young people are reading enough might want to retrain their sights on adults. Eighty percent of Americans under the age of 30 read a book last year, while for those older than 30, the figure was just 70 percent. The statistics come from the Pew Research Center's just-released Internet and American Life Project report. Not only are young people more likely to read, they also frequent their local library more often than adults. Another unexpected finding, considering all the talk we're hearing about e-books being the future of publishing, is that Generation Y is more likely to prefer physical books. E-readers are popular with those over 30, but not so much with teens and 20-somethings. "We haven't seen for younger readers that e-books are massively replacing print books," says lead researcher Kathryn Zickuhr. "That might happen in the future, but right now we're just seeing them sort of as a more convenient supplement." [NPR]
Bill O'Reilly perched atop bestseller lists again, smirking. "BILL O’REILLY DOMINATES NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER LIST WITH THREE SIMULTANEOUS NONFICTION HARDCOVERS IN THE TOP FIVE SPOTS," publisher Henry Holt and Co. recently screamed at everyone on their press release listserv. The style of the message might have been wrong (definitely NOT the right way to use caps lock, you guys), but the content is correct. O'Reilly's third book about presidential assassinations, Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot is his hat trick, currently sitting at No. 1 on the Hardcover Nonfiction list. His previous releases, Killing Lincoln and Lincoln's Last Days, are also at No. 5 on Hardcover Nonfiction and No. 1 for Children's Chapter Books, respectively. Killing Kennedy has sold two million copies since its October 2nd release. [Los Angeles Times]