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Originally posted by DavidU
Some of these statistics are irrelevant.
70 percent of books published do not earn back their advance.
70 percent of the books published do not make a profit.
That tells me 70% of books were published TO make profit... not for their content. Plus with the ease of 'stealing' e-books, this does not surprise me.
Originally posted by die_another_day
Those statistics are about correct. Could be even more extreme =o.
People are not reading or buying books anymore because there's the internet which provides more information, albeit not all factual, but still information.
Look at now, were on ATS reading this thread, browsing ATS, and checking emails and such. Who has time to sit down and read a book when there are more opportunities on the internet?
Originally posted by karl 12
Freedom to read what you want should be cherished here in the West-if it was up to the thought police of certain organised religious sects/cults then most bookshops (and certain publications) would be up in flames:
In our time, the girls preen and dress in a way that attracts attention to ensnare the young man whose heart and religion are weak. The girl begins to devise schemes, and she plays the part of the wolf… She tries to obtain a luxury watch, a beautiful bag, an evening gown, or even the newest model of mobile phone. And then what?! She goes to hell, as has happened to young people in the past. What is the meaning of these ideas, which lead to the collapse of our entire society? Why don't the girls think of always wearing the veil to stop the corruption? Why don't they seek to become women of value, instead of being easy prey in the mouths of all?"
Originally posted by SlyFox_79
That is sad. I just got back from buying 6 books in 15 minutes. When I got home I was so excited I didn't know where to start. It is the best feeling in the world and nothing can out do that feeling for me.