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The NYTIMES recently reported that the reccession has led people to the following conclusion: “In a recession, what people want is a happy ending.”

The article mentions that there has been a large increase in the number of romance titles being sold. 

The romance genre may also be especially attractive to consumers during difficult economic times because so many of the books are sold in the mass-market format, smaller paperbacks often found on racks at the grocery store or in airport bookshops. These books sell for $7.99 or less, compared with $12 to $15 on larger trade paperbacks.

Do you agree with this? Is this what you want in a recession? Has the recession altered the types of books you’re reading? I cannot put all of these questions into one poll so I’ll post one of them. Feel free to leave commentary. Cheers.

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Written by thebeliever07

April 8, 2009 at 11:26 am

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  1. Sidenote: Erin mentioned that she believes the recession will also lead to a large number of novels about the problems of depression, etc. Think Steinbeck and the novels he wrote about California and struggling to survive. Cheers.

    thebeliever07

    April 8, 2009 at 12:06 pm


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