… and went to Book Publisher Sales Heaven!
Like a lot of teens, Leslie Cornaby has a crowded schedule — her days crammed with homework, hobbies and an array of techno diversions. When she’s not checking e-mail, she’s cruising YouTube or scrolling her iPod to tunes by Pink or Christina Aguilera.
She’s also reading — just for the glorious fun of it — and says, “Most of my friends are readers, too.”
The Shorecrest High School sophomore may not realize it, but she’s enjoying the fruits of one of the most fertile periods in the history of young adult literature.
It’s a time of strong writing and strong sales as readers in the 12-to-18 age group rock the marketplace.
“Kids are buying books in quantities we’ve never seen before,” said Booklist magazine critic Michael Cart, a leading authority on young adult literature. “And publishers are courting young adults in ways we haven’t seen since the 1940s.”
Not only are teen book sales booming — up by a quarter between 1999 and 2005, by one industry analysis — but the quality is soaring as well. Older teens in particular are enjoying a surge of sophisticated fare as young adult literature becomes a global phenomenon.
So, being a book lover myself, I guess I shouldn’t be all that surprised, but to see a 25% *increase* in teen books sales since 1999, the same period of time, keep in mind, that MySpace and American Idol *rulez* the attention span of the average teen (about 4 seconds, if I remember correctly ;-) is, to say the least, somewhat shocking.
And here I was thinking that all teens cared about was “stealing” music from the record companies ;-)
So here’s my question: How much of the mentioned increase in book quality has to do with blogging? Let me phrase this another way: It is my belief that blogging, in and of itself, has done more for the world of creative writing than any other social phenomenon in the history of this planet. Could this be at least one of the reasons why the quality of teen literature is on the rise?
Something to think about, anyway…