People Reading is a new blog that shows us what people are reading around San Francisco. The blogger sees people out and about (mostly on the BART train( and if they are reading a book, asks them about it. From the blog:
Over the past couple of months I've come to the conclusion that the main competition for books is not movies--it's iPods, cell phones, suduko, crossword puzzles, conversations, PDA's, laptops, children, daydreams, food, coffee, weekly magazines, newspapers, dogs, and knitting.
I'd do this around Kansas City, but there are several impediments to this, the biggest of which is that I don't use public transportation. Are Metro bus riders bibliophiles? I somehow doubt it. Maybe if the whole light rail thing happens, then we'll have a reason in this city to buy video iPods and read books in public. Also, do I really want to know what people read in this city? Would I be pleasantly surprised to discover a secret society of Edward P. Jones and John Hodgman lovers, or be neither shocked nor awed by the revelation that most of the readers in this town think James Patterson is fine literature, or worse, that Ann Coulter has some sort of rabid KC fanbase?