Wednesday, February 14, 2007

UK Reading Habits

An interesting piece by Kathryn Hughes in the Guardian on the reading habits of UK library patrons reveals that they are quite similar to those on this side of the Atlantic:

The latest figures released from the Public Lending Right (PLR) show that, despite all the hectic johnny-come-lately excitement of Dan Brown and Ian Rankin, the three queens of the library service - Josephine Cox, Danielle Steel and Catherine Cookson - are still pretty much as popular as ever. These stately ladies do not do crossover titles, nor do they chase the holy grail of the children's market, so admirably catered to by those other library high-fliers Jacqueline Wilson and JK Rowling. In fact, they don't do much in the way of marketing at all. Cookson died in 1998 at the age of 92, and Cox and Steel, who are 69 and 60 respectively, prefer to pour their energies into their writing rather than hauling themselves around on sapping promotional tours.

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