Too Many Books, Too Little Time

The Halo Effect author M.J. Rose, who’d written an article wondering whether there are simply too many books out, shares some of the responses she’s received.

To date, I have gotten over 500 emails answering my questions. And responses are still coming in every day.
So far, 60% of you said you are overwhelmed.
30% said no, there are not too many books but there are too few book reviews in the media and too few central sources to find out about books in a meaningful way.

And the most interesting stat is that 70% of respondents said they rely on word-of-mouth. This is quite sobering especially in light of all the brouhaha about declining newspaper coverage of books in general and fiction in particular.

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