According to a report from the National Endowment for the Arts, the
annual household spending for books in 1985 was $33 and for 2005 was
$28. That's for an entire household!
That seems impossible to believe, since just my yearly book purchases should put it higher than that. :)
It shows, perhaps, how statistics can be manipulated, or maybe book buying really has become that pitiful. When you factor in how the cost of books has risen, $28.00 is about the price of one good hardback. It is a sad statistic, no matter how you look at it. On the other hand, I wonder what the annual household spending is for computers. Perhaps, that tells the story.