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Yet, there's one high-protein item that always seems to be missing in my media diet: books.But I didn't unsubscribe from the emails—and that's where the trouble started.Every few days or weeks, just when I started feeling positive about my biblio advancements, one of these messages would come across the transom: "Updates from..." Upon opening it, I'd find out that someone who I knew had a full-time job and active social life had finished two novels in the time it'd taken me to get through the jacket blurbs on David Sedaris' latest essay collection. Not only did I feel uninformed and slow, I felt somehow left out.I might've felt left out, but at least I wasn't alone. After writing to the company to lament that so many people seemed to have consumed the entire bestseller list in the time it took me to read one book, CEO/cofounder Otis Chandler offered sympathy, confessing that he only gets through about 20 books per year.
"I wish I had time to read more," he wrote via email.People want to keep up with their friends, but through those friends they also discover books they want to read.