In A World That’s Stranger Than Fiction, Are Americans Still Reading Books? (via HuffPost)

Publishers claim Trump In the Trump era, it feels like book publishing is under siege. But is it really?

Since the November election, the majority of the publishing world ― a mostly white, mostly liberal crowd ― has been reeling, and not just because the Donald Trump presidency goes against the vaunted egalitarian principles of intellectual tastemakers. In The New Republic recently, Morgan Jerkins reported that many authors, editors and booksellers have noticed a significant slump in the market, which many blame on the current administration.

“The disastrous and almost comically incompetent Trump presidency has both frightened the reading market away from popular books and functioned as a kind of mass entertainment with which it is difficult to compete,” she wrote.

But what are readers actually experiencing? Are they reading less and spending more time on activism? According to a new HuffPost/YouGov poll, the answer to that is complicated, but it suggests that Trump’s rise has done little to substantially shift the habits of readers. is affecting book sales. The reality might be more complicated.

Nicolas Rapold, editor of “Film Comment” and organizer of the screening of George Orwell’s “1984” novel, holds the novel before the screening at the Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York, U.S., April 4, 2017. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Source: Huffpost