Steve Jobs is a cranky genius.
After this year’s Macworld Expo failed to ignite the Apple stock price upward or to recreate the same sort of feverish buzz of last year’s Macworld introduction of the iPhone, Jobs decided to strike back against reading to salve his wounds:
Today he [Jobs] had a wide range of observations on the industry, including the Amazon Kindle book reader, which he said would go nowhere largely because Americans have stopped reading.
“It doesn’t matter how good or bad the product is, the fact is that people don’t read anymore,” he said. Forty percent of the people in the U.S. read one book or less last year. The whole conception is flawed at the top because people don’t read anymore.”