The high interest in comparing print and digital book sales has led to a renewed interest in looking at the reading habits of consumers around the world. While one recent survey found that 25% of US consumers reported not having read a single book in 2013, digital publishing–specifically with an emphasis on the ability to read on mobile phones and tablets–has been credited with a resurgence in consumer reading. With the advent of ebooks, blogging, and social media, it’s actually been speculated that today’s consumers are reading and writing more than generations before.
The BBC is contributing to this reading revival with more dedicated coverage to books than it has provided in the past from both its radio and television networks, as well as from its online locations.
According to an in-depth report on the new book features in The Bookseller, BBC director general Tony Hall said: “This is the strongest commitment to the arts we’ve made in a generation. We’re the biggest arts broadcaster anywhere in the world – but our ambition is to be even better.
“I want BBC Arts – and BBC Music – to sit proudly alongside BBC News. The arts are for everyone – and, from now on, BBC Arts will be at the very heart of what we do. We’ll be joining up arts on the BBC like never before – across television, radio and digital. And, we’ll be working more closely with our country’s great artists, performers and cultural institutions.”
Over a dozen new programs or features are anticipated over the course of the coming year, across the various BBC platforms and from different events. Those readers who do not have access to BBC’s live programing can access a number of these features from BBC Arts Online and from BBC iPlayer.