A library study in Colorado* once said the average American home has 40 books. I think homes that have over 40 books are homes of readers. In 2007, the Ipso poll stated one that one in four American’s read no books in 2006/2007. The biggest readers are college educated. Women and retirees appear to read the most. Student test scores were higher in Colorado households having more books – according to a study reported in 2003 by NEAP.
What is your attitude about books?
- Books should be seen
- Some books are private
- Books must be kept in pristine condition
- Books that are used are “dirty”
- Books are only temporary
- Books are for life
- Books are meant to be reread
- Books are my friends
- Books are a waste of my time
- Books are old-fashioned – online is where I get my information
- Too many books, too little time
- Books should be color coded
- Books should be stored by author
- Books should be separated by category
- Use your library, buying books is extravagant
- Shop for used books online.
- Books should come from libraries
Whatever your attitude is about books, it is reading that usually brings the joy or provides you with knowledge or information.
There are many great websites for readers, here are some I check out from time to time:
Of course, one of my favorite supply sources for tools for serious readers or making reading more comfortable is Levenger’s. Then there is Reading Trails , a unique kind of networking community for readers.
According to a May 2007 “Report to the Community” by the Pikes Peak Library District, Colorado Springs, CO (www.ppld.org). Note – I am still trying to officially confirm this number which was posted as a response to a question about average number of books in American households on askville.com