This essay in The Atlantic about the Amazon/GoodReads deal has a very interesting fact tucked away in the middle:
The United States is not, sadly, a country of lit buffs. In 2008, a little more than half of all American adults reported reading a book in the past year, according to the National Endowment of the Arts. And as shown in the graph below, which like the other charts in this piece come courtesy of the industry researchers at Codex Group, just 19 percent read a dozen or more titles.
Or, to put it another way, 19 percent of Americans did 79 percent of all our book readin'.
The essay refers to the 19 percent of book-happy Americans as "super fans," and suggests that GoodReads was an easy way for Amazon.com to get a hold of a significant chunk of those fans. I obviously fall in that 19 percent figure, as I read anywhere from three to five books a week, usually. But it left me wondering how much Slog reads. So how about it, Slog?