Well, that’s what John Ezard reports in this Guardian article: ‘More than one in three consumers in London and the south-east admit having bought a book "solely to look intelligent", the YouGov survey says.’
The story includes the quote, “We seem to have lost sight of the fact that reading a book should be a personal, enjoyable and relaxing experience…” So true - that’s something those of us who read for a living often lose sight of too.
Also: ‘Some consumers hedge their bets by keeping two titles on the go - one an impressive book to show other people, the other an escapist work to enjoy.’ Can relate to that as well. Now I’m off to finish Chetan Bhagat's one night at the call center, though if anyone pops into my room I’ll hide it behind Joe Sacco’s Palestine.
But hey – Palestine is a comic. I can’t win.