Reader’s Corner: The State of American Reading

The latest Pew Research Center poll on the state of American reading is out, and there are few surprises: Print is holding up strong against ebooks, and slightly fewer people are reading overall (yet again).

Some key findings:

  • The percentage of Americans who read any book in the past twelve months (73%) is down from 2011 (79%)
  • Women read more than men overall and were more likely to read for pleasure
  • City-dwellers read more than people in rural communities
  • Youngsters (aged 18–29) read more than oldsters (65+)
  • The median American reads 4 books a year

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