When A Doesn’t Really Equal A

July 23rd, 2004 · No Comments
by Booksquare

We like a good play on words, which we presume was the goal of the Chicago Sun-Times‘s headline. Nothing else makes sense. The article discusses the topic du week: the number of books flooding the market. As noted previously, there are a lot. And there are a lot of theories behind this, including our favorite:

For some reason, everybody thinks they can write a book, and book publishing seems glamorous to them.

We don’t necessarily see that as the real problem, but what the heck, we’ll go with it. So we continue through the article, the discussions from industry professionals, the inevitable you-never-know-what’s-going-to-be-a-bestseller logic. And then we come to the British. As it turns out, they publish more books per capita than the United States does. This leads one industry professional to conclude the U.S. market may very well be able to absorb even more books.

Yes, we’re at the end of the article. Contrary to the headline, there is no evidence that the British are reading and we’re not. Oh sure, there was that little NEA thing, but we don’t recall a head-to-head comparison with other developed nations. We’re not good with mornings, but something tells us this headline went with the wrong story.

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