Why does it bother me that so few people read? Why does it bother me that so few kids read?
As I've said before, if parents bought books as often as they bought candy, I'd be a wealthy man.
But, ultimately, it's none of my business. I tell myself everyday before I go to work. I don't depend on those dollars, I haven't depended on those dollars for years.
Linda says she has a different perspective -- probably because the people who come into her store are there specifically for books.
But being downtown, I see hordes of people walk by my table of books without so much as a glance.
On Friday, I had 90 people in, about 30 of which were kids, and not one kid looked at a book that I could see. Not one parent offered to buy their kid a book. Not one. (I heard multiple mentions of toys and candy and video games.)
Like I said, none of my business.
Update: Yesterday was pretty good. I think it really helps to have my cheerful young guys there when these events are happening.
A weird week: 4 days down by half, 2 days double normal, which is -- average.
5 days ago