This is not the usual type of post I make to this group. Usually I report on the latest and greatest digital or online educational technologies. This post is a salute to an ancient and still extremely educational technology – the printed book. Don’t worryl; they aren’t becoming obsolete. People of all ages still prefer print books. I have thirty bookcases in my house, and most of them are filled with books. Currently, I am reading three printed books and six e-books. The only reason I started reading e-books was because I was running out of space in my house for bookcases. Long the print book.
In 2016 the average (mean) American read 12 books, according to the Pew Report. The median average was only 4 books though. The mean for college graduates was 17 books. 28% of respondents read at least one eBook. I have been a compulsive reader since I was about ten years old. One year during the 1970s I read 200 books, but most of them were short. I always read between 40 and 50 books a year, averaging over 350 pages per book. This year, if I stay on my current pace, I will read at least 50 books.