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How to return books, readers?

September 28 2006

Sadly, but true: Russia has ceased to be the most reading country in the world, losing the title of India. The Russians took a seventh place, ahead of Thai, Chinese, Filipinos, Egyptians, and the Czechs.

Poll of the Public Opinion ", held late last year, showed that in Russia began to read less fiction and stopped to discuss the contents hereof.

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For 14% of respondents reported that their home libraries of literature is not at all or have less than a dozen books. Almost half the respondents (48%) argues that such books they have at least a hundred. In 21% of volumes of fiction more than a hundred, at 2% - more than a thousand. Among those whose homes are fiction, 44% reported that some of these books were inherited from the older generation, but only 14% they are the basis of the current library.

The most popular genres of fiction are buying - detectives (17%), followed by historical fiction (12%), closes the top three love fiction (8%). Sciency fantastic buy 7% of respondents, children's literature - 6. 22% of those who buy fiction, determined its identity as a modern patriotic. Modern foreign literature acquired 9%, and patriotic classics - 8%. 4% supplement library foreign classics and the Soviet literature.

In the online fiction reading is less than one percent of respondents, young respondents, this percentage is higher - 2%.

To return to our former compatriots love of reading, the Federal Agency for Press and Mass Communications (Rospechat) decided to support the national program to support and promote reading in Russia. Incidentally, in 2007 in Russia may become the Year of Reading.

In this connection Rospechat announces a number of competitions. One of them - on an all-Russia study "Reading children and adolescents. Also announced an open competition for organizing a series of activities to promote reading within the St. Petersburg International Book Fair, dedicated to 100 anniversary of the birth of Dmitry Likhachev.

Meanwhile, in Spain the problem of familiarizing the citizens of reading trying to solve the original and even elegant way.

The City of Madrid, opened in eight metro stations, so-called branches BiblioMetro, library kiosks, where you can borrow books for reading. Every day in the Madrid subway ride of about 2.5 million potential readers. Despite this, people mostly go by the library kiosks. Most likely reason is that

most passengers want to quickly get to your destination and do not notice in the confusion of library kiosks. Others confuse the glass windows of lending to help service.

The library can rummage BiblioMetros on the shelves with books. An employee kiosk has a catalog of books. Once the client will choose one of the available five hundred books, he issued a book through the window. Free book can keep on hand for fifteen days.

Metro passengers who use the new service, they complain that the kiosks are no new books. There are only classics of world literature, whose works are difficult to read quietly on the subway.In the catalog there are such names as Thomas Mann, Franz Kafka, Victor Hugo, Homer and Tolstoy.

Eight branches BiblioMetros daily issue at the hands of about forty books. To increase this number in the public transport the city is now hung over 22 thousand posters with excerpts from literary works, which should attract potential readers.

Yegor Smokes

The Source: Novye Izvestia, / Interfax , Inopressa,

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