Digital readership was one of the criteria that was included in the measurement, so I presume that means e-books and/or online reading of all sorts.
Since Borders closed, I can think of only two book stores in all of Bakersfield (if you don’t count the books that are sold in places like Target, Berean, WalMart, etc.). Do a Google search of “book stores in Bakersfield, CA” and after Russo’s and B&N, do you know what the third one on the list is? Goodwill.
I tend to agree with much of what you said, T4Y. I am reminded of a portion of the speech given by Dr. Benjamin Carson at the recent National Prayer Breakfast. He mentioned how his mother made him and his brother read and do book reports that she would “review,” even though she couldn’t read most of what they wrote, because she herself only had a third grade education. But in being forced to do all that reading, Dr. Carson developed a love of reading. He would read about people who had done great things. It essentially is what freed him from the bonds of poverty, because he saw that he was the master of his own destiny. I wish my young friends and their parents would have the same realization.