The rise of digital media is often decried as a harbinger of doom for print. Some even cite it as causing the ‘death of the novel’. But as Alexis Madrigal in The Atlantic points out in the chart below, the percentage of people reading novels – genuine, honest-to-goodness, paper books – is twice as great as it was 60 years ago. The Gallup survey data from which this graph is drawn estimates that around half of all Americans are currently reading a novel and that 83% have started a novel in the past year. Those are astounding numbers that tell of an unprecedented level of literacy and bookishness. Never have so many books been read by so many people. It seems there’s never been a better time to be a book lover!