Shelfari's 50 Book Challenge

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When asked about the new Amazon Kindle product, Steve Jobs CEO of Apple computer had this to say:

“It doesn’t matter how good or bad the product is, the fact is that people don’t read anymore,” he said. “Forty percent of the people in the U.S. read one book or less last year. The whole conception is flawed at the top because people don’t read anymore.”

Welcome to the the 50 Book Challenge, where we fly in the face of Steve Jobs.

Basically …. the challenge is to read 50 books in one year. OR … establish a goal for yourself more or less, it’s up to you, just because we say 50 books doesn’t mean that has to be your goal too.

What a stupid, stupid thing to say, Steve Jobs. Do you have the data to support your statistics? I think not. So I will be participating in Shelfari’s call to action. Right here on this blog, I’ll be posting my progress toward reading 50 books in the next 365 days.

If you are a reader, please join us in fighting this assumption that Americans (or Canadians, or Martians for that matter) aren’t readers. If you don’t have a blog where you can track your progress, you can post from Shelfari’s forums, or start your own blog at (or similar). Whatever you do, if you choose to join us, post your link here and spread the word!

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