Are Self-help Books Worth The Hype?


By Andrés Muñoz

Call me old fashioned, but I love to hold and read physical books. Yes, you might be able to store hundreds or thousands of books in an e-reader, but, at the end of the day, you can only read a single book at a time. The turning of the pages, taking the old-book smell in once you crack one open, I love it. I also like visiting bookstores and browsing any titles that might catch my eye.

I’ve always wondered about the self-help section. It is usually a solitary one, with the historical fiction, romance, and best-seller shelves reeling most of the customers in. Those who actually stop by the section browse quickly, almost as if they wouldn’t like to be seen there. And yet as lonely as it may seem, self-help is one of the best-selling genres, both digitally and in hard copies. Why is this?…

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