Study Shows Readers Judge a Book by its Cover

BooksandtoteContrary to the saying that we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, readers, in fact, pick books and form expectations based on covers, according to a study by Jellybooks. (more…)

Study Shows Men Give Up on Books Sooner than Women

Folsom Library-Malereader-CindyFazziPicMen decide faster than women about books they like,  according to a study by Jellybooks. The research showed men give up after 20 to 30 pages if they don’t like a book. (more…)

New Study: Books Empower Readers to Do Positive Things

A new study concluded that books boost a reader’s sense of self-worth.

A new study concluded that books boost a reader’s sense of self-worth.

For book lovers everywhere, the sheer pleasure of reading is motivation enough for them. Those who are less inclined to read should listen up! A new study revealed that books empower readers to take positive actions, such as traveling, starting a new hobby, and even getting over a break-up. (more…)

Readers Say Romance Novels Empower, Promote Feminist Values

RomanceBooks-CindyFazziPicThe romance novel has a reputation for being escapist and low brow. As a romance reader and author, I call it entertaining and accessible. Now you can add empowering and feminist to that description, according to survey results published in Maya Rodale’s book, “Dangerous Books for Girls: The Bad Reputation of Romance Novels.” (more…)

Pew Research: Young Americans and Women Read More

Folsom Library Reader-CindyFazziPicA Pew Research Center survey shows young Americans, women, and people with higher education and income are most likely to read books compared with other groups. The patterns hold for both print and e-books. (more…)

Pew Research: Majority of Americans Value Public Libraries

Folsom Library-CindyFazziPicMost Americans value their public libraries and they would like to see new services, such as help in providing digital literacy for children and senior citizens, according to the results of a recent Pew Research Center survey. (more…)

Authors Guild Survey Shows Huge Decline in Income for Writers

Folsom Library-Used BooksIf you’re thinking of giving up your day job to become a full-time writer, be sure to read the Authors Guild’s first survey on income in six years. It’s a sobering report that shows authors are not making as much money, even though they spend more time marketing their works. (more…)

Publishing Industry Forecast: Readers Will Continue to Prefer Print

Ovum predicts that in 2020, consumers will still prefer print, just like these readers who are browsing magazines in a public library.

In 2020, consumers will still prefer print, just like these readers who are browsing magazines in a public library.

Believe it or not, print books, newspapers, and magazines—not their digital versions— are expected to remain the choice of consumers worldwide in 2020, according to a recent industry forecast by Ovum, a global analyst firm. (more…)

Surveys in U.S., U.K. & Canada Show Decline in Authors’ Earnings

Books3-CindyFazziIf you’re a published author and your name is neither J.K. Rowling nor Stephen King, then the results of three recent surveys will confirm what you probably already know—authors are earning less these days. (more…)

Goodreads Survey Shows Gender Divide in Reading Choices

Books1A Goodreads survey shows readers prefer authors of their own sex. Of the 50 books published in 2014 that were most popular among men, 45 were written by men and five by women. The same was true for women, but it should be noted that Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling’s pen name) was one of those five “male” authors. (more…)