The good news, according to the National Endowment for the Arts, is that for the first time in more than 25 years, adults are reading more literature. Literature is defined as novels, short stories, poems or plays in print or online. What is even more surprising is that 51.7% of adults between the ages of 18 and 24 say that they have read a novel in the past 12 months, the sharpest rise among all adults. Librarians consider this good news and attribute some of the increase to the proliferation of city-wide reading programs (like Albany Reads) as well as the many social book clubs ( Albany Library has 2 book groups for adults going at this time).
Or maybe we are all going back to enjoying the simple (and inexpensive) pleasure of staying at home with a good book.