During closure, increased compulsive reading



Sales of pandemic, classic, and children's e-books are on the rise and virtual book clubs are thriving as people turn to literature as a means of escape during the global health crisis.



BINGE-READING IS THE NEW BINGE-WATCHING?


I've taken a break from the web series and in two weeks, I've managed to finish three books: Becoming Michelle Obama, and then one day: a memoir of Naseeruddin Shah and Born A Crime by Trevor Noah, says Kunal Deb, a Kolkata IT professional. Shabana Khan, research analyst from Mumbai, adds: I have spent seven hours a day reading the Harry Potter series, as now I not only have time, but it also helps me forget what is happening in the world right now.

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VIRTUAL BOOK CLUBS, EMERGE STORIES


Our book club is six months old, but we've never seen the kind of commitment we've had since closing. The page has almost 20 thousand members. The group engages with each other 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, ”says Sazia Shaikh, founder of the Instagram reading club, The Reading Chair. “Since closing, we have started a WhatsApp reading club that comprises 195 people of all ages. Many people are now rediscovering Indian comics like Nagraj, Super Commando Dhruv and Doga, says Meena Chaturvedi, founder of Bookworms' Chamber book club.

Even celebrities are joining the bandwagon ...

JENNIFER GARNER

AMY ADAMS READING Actors Amy Adams and Jennifer Garner have launched 'Save With Stories,' an Instagram charity where celebrities read stories to help raise money to help children's charities where celebrities like Camila Cabello, Black Panther, Lupita Nyong'o , Noah Centineo, among others. read stories.

KAIA GERBER Model Kaia Gerber has started a book Z-ers generation peers club on Instagram, starting with Normal People by Sally Rooney.

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