Digital librarians know when you don't finish reading a book

  • If you pick up an e-book and finish reading it, you are among the 1 percent readers who make it. Reports suggest that subscription services such as Oyster and Scribd collect information on what people are reading in their large digital libraries and the way they're reading it. 

    For instance, the information shows that readers usually jump to the end of a mystery novel if it's too long. "People are more likely to finish biographies than business titles, but a chapter of a yoga book is all they need," David Streitfield writes. "They speed through romances faster than religious titles, and erotica fastest of all."

    The libraries stated that such information is kept anonymous but shared with writers and publishers who give them their books. 

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