It's true that those highly educated young adults aren't reading that many books today.
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But buried beneath it, I think there's an optimistic story to tell about American book culture. Without question, the American bookworm is a rarer species than two or three decades ago, when we didn't enjoy today's abundance of highly distracting gadgets.
In 1978, Gallup found that 42 percent of adults had read 11 books or more in the past year (13 percent said they'd read more than 50! Today, Pew finds that just 28 percent hit the 11 mark.
And the good news (for publishers, at least) is that today's twenty-somethings, as a rule, go to college.
A recent Department of Education study found that 85 percent of the high-school class of 2004 had at least some postsecondary education.
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