Reading habits have shifted during the pandemic.
While some are finding more time to open a book, others, who would’ve typically read on a commute for example, are reading less.
In a Twitter poll, only 18 percent of respondents told NY1 their reading habits remained unchanged. Most said they are reading more, and about 38 percent said they are reading less.
Libraries are noticing the increase in readership.
About 80,000 holds have been placed on books since the New York Public Library implemented its grab-and-go program on July 13 for New Yorkers to reserve and pick up books. This is according to Poet Kevin Young, who is the director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, a division of the New York Public library.
“You see how people are trying to read as best they can, and they were hungry and waiting for that while we were closed to the public but still open online and serving people in different ways,” Young told NY1.
Young said reading is a great way to escape from work, social media and the news cycle. He suggested trying to keep reading devices separate from work ones.
In addition to how often people read, what they've been reading has also shifted. Some are binging information on the pandemic and related topics, and others are looking for the complete opposite, to disconnect.
In some ways, the “television bookshelf,” seen in backgrounds of at-home studios, has inspired its own collection of must-reads.
In New York, “The Power Broker” can be seen in the backgrounds of political reporter and politician shots across the city. It’s an influential novel on New York City politics that’s centered on Robert Moses, who was dubbed “master builder” of 20th century New York.
Young was a guest on "One New York" Wednesday morning.