Goodreads is inspiring people to read more!

Posted by Otis Chandler on May 11, 2007
I found a blog post about Goodreads today that inspired me to blog (slightly ironic, I know).

On the blog, Chris Makarsky writes:

"I don’t read anymore. I feel I should change this.

'Anymore' isn’t meant to imply that I was ever a reading machine — it’s not as if I used to plow through novel after novel. But at least I used to read occasionally; now I can’t remember the last time I sat down and read something with a front
cover, a back cover, perhaps a cover jacket, and pages of text within."

I used to feel like that! For a few years after college the only books I read were technical, and I had no time to read any real literature. This is one of many reasons I decided to build Goodreads - because I thought it would help me get back to reading. And do you know what? It's working! I still program until late at night (its 12:22am and I'm still going), but I also find time to read.

I read in a survey yesterday that Americans spend an average of 3 hours a day watching TV. This is amazing to me. I like my share of TV too, but after a while your brain just starts to feel numb. Hmmm... I think I have an idea where people can get the time to read more!


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