Monday, September 05, 2016

Reading Books in 2016

Average household spending on books plummeted between 2010 and 2015, falling 41 percent after adjusting for inflation. But don't despair—reading books remains hugely popular, according to a Pew Research Center survey.  Fully 73 percent of Americans aged 18 or older read a book in the past year. Among all Americans (including nonreaders), the median number of books read in the past year is 4, and the average is 12.

Percent who read a book in the past 12 months
Any book: 73%
Print book: 65%
E-book: 28%
Audio book: 14%

Although young adults have a reputation for all things electronic, in fact they are far more likely to read a print book than an e-book. Among 18-to-29-year-olds, 72 percent read a print book in the past year and 35 percent read an e-book. Among people aged 65 or older, the figures are 61 and 19 percent, respectively.

Source: Pew Research Center, Book Reading 2016

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