+  2022-10-25 23:59

Over 50% of Americans haven’t read a book in 2022. Nearly 25% of adults have not read a book in 1-2 years. 11% haven’t read a #book in 3-5 years. And 10% of US adults haven’t #read at least 1 full book in the past 10 years.

But hey, TikTok and games and series!

Yes, the survey (…) sample is a bit small — 2K, and the exclusion of audiobooks is weird. But I wouldn’t hold my breath for much rosier results after expanding these parameters.

Would you?

Also… how many #books have _you_ read this year? 😉

 +  2022-03-30 16:49

Dedicated to all those visiting me wherever I lived at the moment and noticing fewer and fewer paper #books on my shelves. Might I add, to my chagrin, mostly women…

And could not imagine nor even ask how many books I actually read (and have been reading in digital format). 🤦🏻‍♂️

 +  2022-01-16 12:06

Annoyed by Apple’s quoting, trimming and appending an “Excerpt From” when copying a small passage from an #ePub? Did you know ePubs are a collection of #HTML files? 🤓

Open the folder containing the #books.

If you use iCloud, type `open ~/Library/Mobile Documents/iCloud~com~apple~iBooks/Documents/` in the

Right-click on the book you want to `Show Package Contents` and then open your chapter.html of interest in a regular web browser to copy-paste…

Or read the passage out loud for you through the `Edit > Speech > Start Speaking`.

Active #reading — copying, editing, commenting, structuring our comprehension of the material — is well-researched to stick in your #brain’s neural nets better than passive reading (listening).

 +  2021-12-29 10:51

“Four Thousand Weeks” by Oliver Burkeman — a very basic rehash of well-known truths like “we are #mortal, life has no #meaning in the grand scheme of the Universe, people don’t care about what you do, so do whatever you want to do, one step at a time, before you die.” 🤦🏻‍♂️


 +  2021-01-23 05:23

Isn’t it fascinating how #Apple always thinks you will read 50 #books at most, listen to 100 songs tops, and store 300 contacts max?

All of their apps — Books, Music, Contacts — are built with interfaces and storage engines optimized for tiny quantities of stuff easy to find by a “cover”, an “album” or a “name”.

#UI to thumb through in a couple of scroll-seconds. 😖


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