“It doesn’t matter how good or bad the product [Amazon's Kindle book reader] 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.”
I haven't been impressed by the Kindle either, but if Mr. Jobs honestly believes people don't read anymore, I'm curious to know what he makes of the fact that in 2006, the book industry racked up $6.31 billion in net revenue from retail sales. (According to Romance Writers of America's 2006 ROMstat Report, romance novels accounted for $1.37 billion of that amount.)
That might not be big money to Mr. Jobs, but it sure impresses me. And it means that somebody is reading books. Lots of books.