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October 21, 2013

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Shelley

Probably true, but...move on to what? Does a short attention span mean some people will never know the pleasure of spending days, weeks, even months with the same book?

Joe Wikert

That's a terrific question, Shelley, and something I should have been more clear about in the original article. I don't mean to imply that long-form novels are dead. Far from it. There's something special about curling up with a great book from a wonderful storyteller. An abbreviated version of those works would undoubtedly be an awful reading experience (compared to the original).

However, there are so many other genres and types of books where shorter form is best. Books on business, marketing, technology, etc., all lend themselves to more of this "tell me what I need to know and let's be done with it" model. Too many authors (and editors) in those categories fall into the spine width trap or are just following "how it's always been done" logic, creating way too may puffed up books.

Harry Potter, OTOH, is probably just fine as is. :-)

Peggy Edwards

Readers Digest have always had condensed books. I didn't enjoy them much as I wanted to read the real thing. But perhaps things have changed. Young people are definitely not reading like we, the seniors, do.

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