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Reading in the Age of Constant Distraction

• arclein

A quarter of a century later, did we manage to salvage the wreck? Or have Birkerts's worst fears come to pass? It's hard to tell from the numbers. More independent bookstores are opening than closing, and sales of print books are up but authors' earnings are down. Fewer Americans read for pleasure than they once did. A major house's editor-driven imprint was shuttered recently, while the serialized storytelling app Wattpad announced its intention to publish books chosen by

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