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A breakdown of American reader habits brought to you by the Staff at The Week.
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A brief look at how we read books today
E-books were supposed to spell the end of print, but Americans’ reading habits have taken a different turn. Here’s everything you need to know.
Do most Americans still read books?
Seven out of 10 American adults, or 72 percent, have read a book in the past year — in whole or in part, and in any format — according to a 2015 Pew Research Center survey. That’s a steep decline from 1978, when 92 percent of Americans made that same claim, according to Gallup, although book-reading percentages have remained level since 2012. Women and young adults tend to be the biggest bookworms, the Pew survey found. The average woman read 14 books over the past 12 months, while men averaged nine books. Among young adults — ages 18 to 29 — fully 80 percent read a book in the past year, compared with 71 percent of adults ages 30 to 49, 68 percent of those 50 to 64, and 69 percent of those 65 and older.
How are people consuming their books?
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