HOW THE PANDEMIC BRING BACK A READING HABIT

According to report, there’s an upsurge in book demand and reading habits during the lockdown

HOW THE PANDEMIC BRING BACK A  READING HABIT

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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