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Owner of secret bookstore in NYC has an incredible purpose behind his business

anna g

, Rare Staff

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Readership among teenagers has dropped significantly over the past decade due to developments in technology but new figures show a continued depressing trend through 2014.

New York Times opinion writer Frank Bruni penned a story Monday to point out that less than 20 percent of 17-year-olds read for pleasure.

His math came from a new report by Common Sense Media that indicated this year’s findings are down more than 50 percent from the 31 percent of high school seniors that reported reading for fun in 1984.

Contrarily, only nine percent of 17-year-olds in 1984 said they “hardly ever” or never read for pleasure. That figure has tripled to 27 percent in 2014, more than one out of four near-adults.

While reading paperback or hardcover books is likely to never make a full comeback to its golden age, one New York man is doing his part to keep the hobby alive.

Michael Seidenberg operates an unadvertised, unofficial business in his residential home, so as not to get in any legal trouble.

His crowded oasis, Brazenhead Books, houses thousands of books, most of which cannot be found in corporate bookstores like Barnes & Noble.

The owner does not make a lot of money, instead referring to himself as having failed his whole life but he has one motive in maintaining the bountiful secret bookstore.

“I don’t feel like ‘Oh, I’m gonna do this and everyone can read all the books of forgotten others.’ It’s a losing battle, we’ve all lost. I just wanna do as much as I can,” said Seidenberg.

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