A survey published this month by Booknet Canada found that Canadians prefer reading books in print. It also found that more are opting to do their reading on smartphones, or listen to audiobooks. The results of the survey, which come from 750 respondents, found that 90% of respondents that had read a book in the last year had read a print book. However, 22% of respondents ranked reading last among a string of leisure activities that include browsing the Internet (33%), spending time with family (32%), watching TV (31%) and going to the movies (23%). BookNet Canada, a nonprofit book industry research organization, reported that 82% of respondents said they had read a book in the last year, about the same percentage as its 2016 survey found. The number of respondents who had read at least one book during the past year has been declining since 2014 though, when 88% of respondents reported reading at least one book. Click Read More below for more of the story.
The Coalition for a 21st Century Postal Service (C21) – an organization of public and private companies, trade associations and other industry groups which rely on the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) to do business – called on the Trump administration to support the enactment of legislation reforming the USPS’ financial obligations and to avoid wholesale privatization and pricing measures as the President’s Task Force on the Postal System continues to work on its report, which is allegedly delayed until after the midterm elections.
“As the Task Force continues its work, the postal financial condition continues to deteriorate, putting millions of jobs throughout the country at risk,” wrote C21 Manager Art Sackler in a letter sent today to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, whose department is overseeing the Task Force report. “The situation is so precarious that a shorter-term solution has become imperative. Enactment of bipartisan postal reform legislation currently pending in the Senate (S. 2629), as well as in the House (H.R. 6076), would provide effective relief for USPS, and those millions of jobs that depend upon it, for several years at no cost to taxpayers. Importantly, it would also provide the breathing room for Congress to consider fully and choose, in an informed and deliberate way, to enact or not some or all of the Task Force’s recommendations. We urge the Administration to support the foregoing bills and work toward their enactment before this Congress ends.”
The letter also cautioned against wholesale privatization and rate increases that would drive away mailers and shippers, which generate more than 90 percent of revenues for the USPS: “Privatization would be a major challenge to universal service, undermining equal mail and shipping treatment of all Americans, with a particularly ominous threat to rural service,” continued Sackler in the letter. “Increasing postal rates would be folly in an environment in which there are cheaper and reliable alternatives … Packages have been almost the lone bright spot for the Postal Service, earning much-needed new revenues for the system. Raising rates for them may halt or even reverse this beneficial impact from e-commerce, as shippers find other options.”
more detail at: https://www.piworld.com/article/coalition-to-trump-administration-act-on-legislation-now-to-save-usps/