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How Harry Potter rewrote the book on reading – The Globe and Mail   Leave a comment

The flipside of reading is learning , being mentally curious and exercising the imagination. All good things.


“With their fervent embrace of Harry Potter, young people virtually reinvented the business of reading, according to Broadhurst. “Prior to Harry Potter, books had been viewed as subjective and reading was a solitary experience,” he said. “What the Harry Potter generation showed us, certainly through social media but also through events, was that they view reading as a collective experience. They want to celebrate reading together.”

The same appetite revealed itself in the success of Meyer’s multi-volume Twilight books, some of which sold at an even faster rate than the Potter books, and is currently laying waste to stocks of A Dance with Dragons, George R.R. Martin’s latest instalment in the never-ending series that began with A Game of Thrones (Dragons sold 298,000 copies in North America on its first day in release this week, the majority in hardcover rather than electronic form). Growing fan love for The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins is threatening to turn that series into a “full-on phenomenon” as well, according to Indigo’s Dayton.”

via How Harry Potter rewrote the book on reading – The Globe and Mail.

Posted July 16, 2011 by arnoneumann in Reading

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