There was a report on the News a couple of days ago
about a record breaking year in 2016 for British publishing.
There was a 7% surge in the sale of books and exports of books were at an all time high.
But a closer look at the press release
on the Publishers’ Association website reveals a disturbing truth for lovers of fiction.
Not only did 2016 see a 7% fall in the sale of fiction books this contributed to an overall decline since 2012 of 23%.
This means there are almost a quarter fewer purchasers of novels than there were five years ago.
Can that really be true?
Those readers can’t have transferred to their public library, can they?
And they’ve not all gone out and bought a Kindle because the report stated that the sale of ebooks was falling too. (Although I’m not persuaded that Amazon book sales would be included in this data set.)
But if there is this decline in reading fiction, how sad!
I think that the experience of getting lost in a book is one of the great joys in life.
I started reading stories when I was very young and have been reading fiction, classics, literature and popular novels throughout my life.
I know several people who rarely read fiction and they don’t think their life is any the less because of it. But how do they know if they never read anything other than facts?
As Mark Twain said, Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.
How about some philosophical reasons for reading fiction too.
Fiction reveals truth that reality obscures, Ralph Waldo Emmerson.
There is no doubt fiction makes a better job of the truth, Doris Lessing.
Fiction is the lie through which we tell the truth, Albert Camus.
I’ll lighten the mood with this quote from Gabriel García Márquez:
Fiction was invented the day Jonah arrived home and told his wife that he was three days late because he had been swallowed by a whale.
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