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In a world with dazzlingly life like computer games, about 36 million TV channels, and the adventures of Paris Hilton and the Olsen twins, reading is fighting a losing battle to remain a viable entertainment option. Less than fifty percent of Americans over the age of 18 read novels, short stories, plays or poetry. Reading is declining at all education levels, locations, and ethnic groups. Schools are no help, forcing children to slog through Watership Down and The Color Purple, rather than offering their captive audience books that might actually entice them to become readers for pleasure. Critics are no help, recommending pretentious literature that the average person has neither the time nor the inclination to read. Oprah is no help, unless you happen to be one of the authors recommended by her hugely successful book club. She consistently chooses books that are such a challenge to finish that reading one book a month seems more than reasonable.

We at wanted to create a place that celebrates all of those books that make readers happy that they learned to read in the first place. This is our grateful tribute to everyone from Jane Austen to J.K. Rowling.

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