Is reading a popular practice? Looking at shared reading experiences

Following a long period of mistrust in which people were advised against reading as a way of keeping them socially and politically docile, there came a change of paradigm in the 1960s when reading became a path to emancipation and then a kind of cultural imperative: reading was now a democratic duty! What role did – and do – public policy and libraries play in opening access to reading to all sectors of society in a field where technology is constantly changing?