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How can we get people more interested in reading? 
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Post How can we get people more interested in reading?
Title says it all- how do you think we can get people more interested in reading?


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Post Re: How can we get people more interested in reading?
I don't know what the actual figures are on numbers of readers, or what a reader is considered to be--reads newspapers, magazines, novels, online news, social media posts? But I do think it's a simple matter of how people choose to spend the limited time they have for leisure. My impression is that people are choosing to watch screens more and more instead of reading, with the explosion of "bingeable" multi-episode dramas, more sports, and addiction to what's happening on their smartphones.

Let's call "reading" the consumption of whole, authored books. It takes some commitment to pursue this interest, and that also means "screening out" other ways of entertainment.

Then, look at what becomes most exciting for kids. How long do they maintain their wonder about the marks on a page that explain the pictures? When an electronic device comes along, is it bye-bye books?

It's tougher today to grow readers, while it wasn't so much in my day (I'm old). But parents have the most influence over whether their kids become readers. The problem is that they need go a little bit "Amish" on the kids, by limiting access to the TV and electronics, which will make the kids feel out of it with their peers. Technology is cool and reading isn't.



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Post Re: How can we get people more interested in reading?
http://jamesclear.com/read-more

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Read 20 pages to start the day.

I usually wake up, drink a glass of water, write down 3 things I’m grateful for, and read 20 pages of a book. For the last 10 weeks, I have followed this new habit. As of today, I’m 100 pages into my 7th book. At that pace (7 books per 10 weeks) I’ll read about 36 books in the next year. Not bad.

Here’s why I think this pattern works: 20 pages is small enough that it’s not intimidating. Most people can finish reading 20 pages within 30 minutes. And if you do it first thing in the morning, then the urgencies of the day don’t get in the way.

Finally, 20 pages seems small but adds up fast. It’s a great average speed.

If time allows, I’ll read at other times as well. After the research I did for my article on how to get better sleep, I have added reading to my “prepare for bed” routine as well. But regardless of what happens during the rest of the day, I still get my 20 pages in each morning. more....


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 Re: How can we get people more interested in reading?
Yes, start 'em young. I remember in 3rd grade we were supposed to read a bunch of books and the teacher kept track. For some it became a bit of a competition, many read 80 to over 100 books during the school year. Plus students routinely gave book reports in front of the class. Once you read that much that young, reading becomes a normal activity for most people.

When my kids were young, they read the entire Harry Potter series twice, that's close to 7000 pages (3407 pages in the series). Having books that grab their interest is key...



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Post Re: How can we get people more interested in reading?
I think the best way to start is to have parents read TO their kids. It associates reading with something pleasant and that feeling carries over as they grow up. How to get older kids and adults into reading? That, I do not know. Too often by then they associate reading with the "chore" of schoolwork and it's harder to break that.

Still, it can be done, if, as LanDroid says, you find something that grabs their interest. The Harry Potter series was fantastic in that respect as it appealed to people of all ages.

That's some good ideas James Clear has to start the day. I always read while I eat, but I didn't think of the glass of water and the 3 things you're thankful for. Must remember that! :)



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Post Re: How can we get people more interested in reading?
Helping people become proficient in reading and being able to navigate the library and book stores would be a big help!

In school, we had lessons on how to find our way around the library and borrow books. Including how to find fiction books and non fiction.

Plus there were always lots of bean bags and books to read. It was a fun, pleasant environment. The lessons were fairly basic but still important.

Easy access to reading materials is important! My college library was huge. There were a vast number of books, a complex system and no comfortable seating. The place was a ghost town except for the computers.

That changed when they changed the layout to feature book reviews, cosy nooks for reading, a simpler system for finding fiction!
Just my two cents :)

But I agree with BookWyrm reading to your kids is a great idea.


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Post Re: How can we get people more interested in reading?
This question is important, but I don't think I have an answer. I do have a couple of observations though:

A. T. & T. has a series of commercials on "Life Without the Internet." People panic, and do all sorts of dumb things. Funny though, you never see anyone pick up a book!

On the other hand, our local library started its annual Summer Reading Progarm last Wednesday. The room was packed with kids and parents. Maybe there is hope after all.


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Post Re: How can we get people more interested in reading?
As 'read to your kid' is mentioned here, I would add be judicious in limiting what your child reads; when my family moved around a bit, one of the first things we did after unpacking was to go to the public library and get everyone cards. One librarian (I'm sure she was just tyring to be helpful) asked if I want to get 'children's cars' (ie. restricted) for my kids. I just looked at her and said "No." If anyone was going to limit my children's reading, it was going to be me.


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Post Re: How can we get people more interested in reading?
I think the next step is getting people back to reading. Often once we start work and get caught up in life it is hard to find time to read. Because I read a lot at work I read very few books and it was only when I retired that I picked up the habit again. Maybe we should give books as presents more often to encourage people to start reading again.


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Post Re: How can we get people more interested in reading?
Connect various works from various media based on important themes. For example, Conrad's Heart of Darkness and Apocalypse Now in light of inherent evil in humanity.



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Post Re: How can we get people more interested in reading?
Interesting, Catttleman. I didn't know Librarians will offer children different cards than adults. Like you I'd like to be the one deciding what my son cannot read.



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Post Re: How can we get people more interested in reading?
When I was young the local library had a separate kids section. I'll always be grateful to the boss nun at my primary school who contacted the library and asked them to enroll me in the adult section so I could get books that would interest me. The only good thing the Catholic Church ever did for me.


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Post Re: How can we get people more interested in reading?
It would be great to get people to read my books. It is difficult with so many books out there. Getting involved in a local book club discussing your books will be great. Even having a few friends over and discuss your books.
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Post Re: How can we get people more interested in reading?
Start with why people should read books and the how will follow.

Why: Books are far superior to any other medium. Not only do you have the plot (yawn), there is word choice and syntax, representation of sounds/dialogue, meta fiction, intentions of the author, temporal considerations. The only downside is that reading is high investment and you can't do other things while reading.

How: Instead of forcing children to read terrible books in school (30 min reading etc) they should actually be taught how to read well written books and given the tools required to read beyond the plot. Reading books for the plot is boring and provides nothing more than tv series or movies.

Aside from all of this, most people are lazy and dislike their life. TV is a mindless escape. I have not met a single person that can discuss their favorite TV show or movie beyond the plot or by quoting some dialogue.


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