Friday, October 13, 2017


The typical U.S. adult has read five books in the past 12 months. Which is actually very good. The Pew Research Center reports that five books a year is the median, not the average, which means that half of Americans read more than five books and half read less than five books. When the average number of books is computed, it's even higher at 12 books for all adults and 16 books for adult readers. Why so high? A relatively small number of avid readers skews the average far higher. "Reading," according to Pew, encompasses not only printed books, but also e-books and audiobooks. Here's more from the Pew Research Center:
  • 69% of U.S. adults read at least one printed book in the past year, compared with 28% who read an e-book and 14% who listened to an audiobook. 
  • 87% of e-book readers and 84% of audiobook listeners also read a print book in the past 12 months. 
  • Women are more likely than men to have read a book in the previous year. 
  • Readership increases with more income and education. 
  • There were no significant differences by age group for overall reading rates. 
  • Among young adults (ages 18 to 29) 47% said they'd read at least one e-book, versus 35% of 50- to 64-year-olds and just 17% of people ages 65 and over.

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