Reading the latest Book Babes column at thebookstandard.com, I came across this surprising — or, actually, unfathomable — statistic:
Alas, the fans of serious–i.e., challenging–fiction are a group that figuratively fits in the palm of your hand. John Oâ€™Brien, of the Center for Book Culture, told me he thought this band may include no more than 35,000 people nationwide, and they’re concentrated largely around universities. Maybe, on a good day, up to a few hundred thousand.
Readers, is this true? Or, is it the result of an overly strict definition of “serious”?