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Why Men Don’t Read

Could the fact that so many publishing executives are women mean that there are fewer books being published that appeal to male readers?

“Few men work in book publishing, so there are few supporters in the industry for books that men in particular might like, causing fewer such books to be published or promoted and finally leading men to think that books are not for them,” writes Laura Miller. Book editing “increasingly resembles those ‘caring professions,’ nursing and teaching, where the joy of laboring selflessly on behalf of a noble cause—in this case, literature—is supposed to make up for the lack of profits and respect. And we all know who does that kind of job, don’t we?”


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