The top 5 stories for writers this week

From the benefits to longer stories online to the most re-read books by famous authors, here are the articles you need to bookmark and read this weekend.

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Also, what writers consider the best rereads, why slang in ads might be a bad idea, and when it’s OK to un-publish.

More people are reading books. Atlantic writer Alexis Madrigal uncovered some Gallup poll data that suggests the Internet actually encourages the reading of books. When asked the question, “Do you have to be reading any books or novels at present?” roughly 45 percent responded “yes” in 2005, marking a consistent rise since 1952, when less than 20 percent answered “yes.” Does this challenge the idea that most online readers are only interested in short articles? Read the post here.

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