Monday, July 26, 2010
Once Upon a Time, I Kept Up
On tabletops in my house, love objects await my attention, legs spread. I mean books you people with dirty minds.
Books I started and didn't finish because you told me someone else was better--you claimed I'd have a better time with someone else. And so I drifted away. Promiscuity is my name. Alas.
I'd like to compare the number of crime fiction novels published thirty years ago to those published today. Does anyone have any idea about whether there were a lot less books out then or if it just seems that way. I did read more-- 3-4 books a week and now maybe 1-2. Then and now, I read a lot of traditional fiction. Can it be possible in these times of declining readership, we are publishing more books than ever? What do you think? How do the number of books published each year compare with the number published in 1980?