“So, what do you do for work?’
“I’m a writer/editor/[any other book-related occupation].”
“Oh, wow! That must be tough.”
“Why is that?”
“Well, it’s just... Do people even read books anymore?”
If you work anywhere near writing or publishing, the above exchange is probably a familiar one that, in the past, you’ve likely responded to with some feelgood answer along the lines of: “Yes, absolutely people still read! Books are a hundred billion-dollar international industry! Publishing has been around for several centuries now! I myself quite literally make my living working with books!”
But it is with a heavy heart I must inform you that the answer to this question as of today is no--people do not read books anymore, at all, for any reason. Reading is dead.