From Our Staff | July 08, 2004

An article in The New York Times reported a decline in book consumption by Americans in recent years. The article noted a “particular decline” in fiction, poetry, and drama. While this may seem like more good news for nonfiction writers (who already live longer and are less likely to be mentally ill–as Bern noted in his final editorial) the group was most likely left out of the mix. The decline, reported in a survey done by the National Endowment for the Arts, is shown in all demographic areas.
The Times also noted that “adult hardbound books, adult paperbacks and mass-market paperbacks all showed relatively flat revenues, in spite of price increases.” However, total sales of religious texts went up 36.8 percent. Forget whatever nonfiction you’re writing now… religious nonfiction is the new way to go.

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