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O.G. Readless

Posted by Adam Graham on August 22, 2007

A book industry report shows on average that conservatives read less books than liberals:

The AP-Ipsos poll found 22 percent of liberals and moderates said they had not read a book within the past year, compared with 34 percent of conservatives.

Among those who had read at least one book, liberals typically read nine books in the year, with half reading more than that and half less. Conservatives typically read eight, moderates five.

Former Liberal Congresswoman Patricia Schroeder (D-CO) who seems to forget that she’s supposed to be a book publishing professional has a partisan solution:

“The Karl Roves of the world have built a generation that just wants a couple slogans: ‘No, don’t raise my taxes, no new taxes,'” Pat Schroeder, president of the American Association of Publishers, said in a recent interview. “It’s pretty hard to write a book saying, ‘No new taxes, no new taxes, no new taxes’ on every page.”

 Schroeder, who as a Colorado Democrat was once one of Congress’ most liberal House members, was responding to an Associated Press-Ipsos poll that found people who consider themselves liberals are more prodigious book readers than conservatives.

She said liberals tend to be policy wonks who “can’t say anything in less than paragraphs. We really want the whole picture, want to peel the onion.”

I guess that would explain the inexplicable popularity of Glenn Greenwald. Apparently, his writing not tedium, it’s “peeling the onion.”

Of course, it could be that liberals are more likely to be sexual libertines who read trashy romance novels and erotica in great abundance, or are more likely to go out and buy whatever the heck Oprah tells them to purchase. This seem equally plausible. It should also be pointed out that this is the year of Atheist-affirming Best-sellers and that liberals are far more likely to be Atheists this may have something to do with it. 

Perhaps, the issue in regards to political topics is that Conservatives and Liberals alike have plenty of resources online. Less books being purchased should be a concern for book publishers, and Ms. Schroeder’s client should expect that she do something rather than try and score cheap partisan points on the issue.


One Response to “O.G. Readless”

  1. Yeah… as someone who has read a couple of books in the last year, I would be very interested to see what books those people actually read. If you toss out Romance novels and retarded Star Wars serials as legitimate literature, I think you would find that the numbers of people who haven’t read an actual BOOK would be much higher. But then again, that is just me.

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