HOW THE PANDEMIC BRING BACK A READING HABIT
According to report, there’s an upsurge in book demand and reading habits during the lockdown
Theaters went dark in London’s West End last year, galleries closed and concert halls stood silent. But there was one creative industry that flourished during lockdown: the reading and publishing of books.
Publishers, parents and educators are now hoping the reading habit will stick around post-Covid.
Here's why it just might: @HarperCollins had a “historic” final quarter of 2020. Then it posted a 45% jump in profits in the quarter ending in March 2021
Rising sales of teen fiction have cheered those worried that a long absence from the classroom might blunt children’s appetite for reading. Harry Potter still works his magic, for example. Revenue from J.K. Rowling’s books rose by 7% over the last year.
Reflecting the serious concerns of Black Lives Matter, titles such as “Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race” by Reni Eddo-Lodge has been highly popular.
Many adults who initially sought escapism in TV streaming found that its formatted pleasures soon palled. After a few months of lockdown, we rediscovered the joys of reading
Television watching and serious reading aren’t necessarily incompatible pursuits though.
Bridgerton, a Regency-era bodice-ripper with a BLM slant, prompted many to revisit their dog-eared copies of Jane Austen’s contemporaneous novels of polite society
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