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Uh. Your "obvious" statement that "people don't read as much as they used to since electronic media became prevalent in our society" isn't actually as true as you assume. In fact, more American adults are reading literature now than they were eight years ago, with especially large leaps for the 18-24 age range, which bodes well for the future of reading in this country. (Here's the 2009 survey from which I'm pulling my info: http://www.nea.gov/news/news09/ReadingonRise.html) This "reading crisis" that everyone imagines we're in is almost certainly no different from any of the other supposed reading crises that the country has gone through in the past few centuries. Pretty much every generation feels the need to gasp and despair that "No one reads anymore!" But, well, books are still here. People still read them. Shinyinfo already gave you the smackdown about eBooks, so I'm not going to touch that one.
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