They say we're becoming less patient in this digital age. I don't know who "they" are, but I happen to agree with them. I used to give a book several chapters before I gave up on it. Now, I admit, I don't even buy a book that doesn't hook me on the first page. And even then I flip to middle of the book to read a page because I know how hard authors work on that first page.
Some say readers give a book 30 seconds in the bookstore. I admit, as a writer, that makes me work pretty hard to get that first page, that first paragraph, that first line just right. And even after that, you have to keep the reader reading through a middle that is somewhat prone to sagging if one isn't very careful.
So, I'm curious. Has the Age of Instant affected your reading patience? How long do you give a book in the store to grab you before purchasing? And how long do read a boring book before giving up on it?