“French people don’t read anymore”. “Technology is killing the book”. “People don’t value studying around they used to”. In recent occasions such phrases have grown to be so hackneyed they no more require validation. Furthermore, they appear to corroborate statistics around the performance from the book market, which everybody concurs is modest at the best. Whatever their variations of opinion, sources agree with some point a minimum of: it marketplace is entering its 4th (or fifth, for that more pessimistic included in this) year in decline. Is that this the effect of a lengthy-term trend? Institutional changes? Or perhaps is it a phenomenon from the current financial crisis?
The research, by which 1,013 participants aged 16 and also over were interviewed personally, was commissioned through the French Publishers Association (SNE) and also the French National Book Center (CNL) and transported from 14 to 17 Feb by IPSOS MediaCT. While it doesn’t provide all of the solutions, the research helps to reduce some light around the issue, particularly revealing a loss of the concept of studying however a strong endorsement of their benefits.
• Who reads?
Overall, 70% of French people read a magazine in 2013, representing a substantial decline during the last 24 months – -5% when compared with 2011. Typically, they read 15 books annually, or 1 under 24 months ago. Unsurprisingly, visitors mainly female, educated, urban and fit in with top of the-middle classes.
• Print or digital?
69% of French people read print books (74% this year), and 11% also employ digital devices (8% this year). Digital market remains marginal and it is increase doesn’t make amends for the losses endured within the print sphere. Similarly, it can’t be blamed for that loss of the recognition of printed books. Generally, “digital” visitors more youthful, less educated and 90% also read printed books. Only OnePercent of readers solely read e-books. Respondents who surfed the web most often were even the most enthusiastic readers.
• When do people read?
Frequency of studying went up: 45% of readers achieve this every day.
Delineation by age bracket implies that 15-24 year olds find out more than average (and much more the like digital devices) while 25-34 year olds are among individuals who browse the least. The duty to see in school and college, as well as the decrease in free time experienced upon joining the workforce and getting children, helps you to explain these variations.
The “big readers” (26% as a whole) are women by having an average chronilogical age of 50 with no children more youthful than 15. The “free time” effect is self-apparent, adding towards the feminisation from the studying public, who once again have a tendency to fit in with the educated, upper-middle classes.
• Who reads what?
Women read detective novels (43%), practical books (42%), contemporary fiction (35%), history (29%) and children’s books (26%)
Men read history books (40%), detective novels (37%), comics (35%), scientific literature (31%) and practical books (29%).
There’s an increase within the studying of sci-fi among men under 24.
• Why do people read?
First of all, to broaden their understanding (59%) and next, to unwind (58%). Percentages vary as we grow older: studying as a way of learning is disproportionately high one of the under 24s, while studying for pleasure is much more prevalent one of the elderly. Males are mainly motivated to see with a thirst for “information” (broadening understanding and learning, 71%) and ladies as a way of escapism (55%) and relaxation (72%)
• Why don’t people read?
58% of respondents stated they didn’t have enough time, 40% claimed to devote their spare time with other pursuits. The price of studying arrived fifth place, reported just by 12% of non-readers. Non-visitors 58% male, by having an average chronilogical age of 52: they’re less urban, less active, less educated and considerably less wealthy (68% possess a monthly earnings per household of under 2,300 Euros).
Readers and non-readers both place unparalleled combination on the concept of studying. Studying to children is recognized as “important” by 96% of individuals in France. Books are “a supply of knowledge” for 95% and could be “deeply influential” for 94%, with 54% going to date regarding state that “a book can alter your life”. More youthful people however are usually less forthcoming with your affirmations. Finally, books are regarded as probably the most reliable resource (40%) in contrast to media and tv (16%) and also the internet (7%). Unsurprisingly, the web is regarded as a dependable resource by 18% of youthful people, even though they too, such as the older generations, still retain an identical belief in magazines (39%).
In a nutshell, studying is really a much valued but lesser practiced pastime, which enjoys a specific status among youthful people and maintains solid foundations at any given time when many cultural pursuits have been in decline. The autumn in the level of book sales does however highlight the market is in a crossroads. We all know that exact funding for bookstores was already earmarked however, this is inadequate if demand is constantly on the fall, because of economic or cultural reasons.
Everybody is within agreement that the effective positive policy is required. Inside a recent statement, in france they Publishers Association (SNE) appropriately required that studying become an “important national issue”. However, clarion calls within the national budget and from local government bodies to invest in this “pact of mutual responsibility” raise doubts that, with neither troops nor ammunition, this “call to arms” is going to be simply a love geste. Despite her expertise in this subject, in france they Minister of Culture, who’s attending it Fair on Friday, may have her work eliminate to reassure more and more worried stakeholders that this isn’t the situation.
Joni Mitchell – In France They Kiss On Main Street
Ty Nash: I remember when this album first came out. I thought, WOW! She just never stops cranking out theses really hipster, chic, Ooh La La songs! How does she do it. Talented in the extreme, AND Drop Dead Gorgeous. I'm dying over here! I used to sing this song every time I heard it. I can still sing it. I love this song.
Nun Ya: That is one of those Life Is Beautiful moments, and hell yes. Don't stop, TN.
Joe Schmoe: +Ty Nash She's a powerhouse of talent. So many different musical chords with each song and it's own distinct expression of rock and ballad and jazz all blended like no human has a right to but Joni pulls the rabbit out of the hat each time and amazes us all.
Luis Bazan: I came here because of Prince, he said once that the hissing of summer lawns was one of his favorites albums.
jim hutchison: recommend princes version of "a case of you "
DARKKISS: Me too! I was just thinking that very same thing
JL03241: Thank you Canada for such a wonderful talent! Joni is talent embodied.
rosskolnikov: This song is much stronger in its live version with a faster tempo, Jaco's tighter bass line, and Pat Metheny's epic solo.
jirky015: Agree. I prefer the live version. Jaco is absolutely tame on this version. Not to mention Don Alias' excellent drumming on the live version which is also the difference. Not really a comparison.
Tim Francis: Jaco's not playing here, Max Bennet's on bass. Jaco didn't start playing with Joni until her Hejira album. This sounds like the FM radio version to me, not that there's anything wrong with that. The live version was also 5 years later with a far more musically matured Joni Mitchell, a tremendous band and Jaco as the musical director of that tour. \n\n…you're so right, there really is no comparison.