Ayon sa isang artikulo ngayon sa Manila Bulletin:

It’s easy enough to see that people still enjoy reading, but what they’ve come to enjoy reading may actually depend on how expensive the material being published is. Why do fewer people read Filipino-written and published "high literature," classical novels, and non-fiction compared to the "pocketbooks"? It can’t just be because "high literature," classical novels and non-fiction books are harder to appreciate because they are not as entertaining as "pocketbooks" - it may also be because of their high cost.
Kung pagbabatayan ang pananatiling buhay ng maraming Booksale, at pagkakaroon ng mga Books for Less, at ng iba't iba pang tindahan ng librong secondhand, masasabi talagang malaki pa ang pag-asa ng pagbabasa sa Pilipinas. Pero iyon nga, dahil sa kakulangan ng pera at mahal na presyo ng mga libro, may mga mas praktikal na kailangang paglaanan ng pera. At dahil mahirap ngang kumita, kailangang magdoble-kayod ng marami, at kinakain naman nito ang oras na magugugol sana sa pagbabasa.