Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

People Still Reading Books: Report

"As of January 2014, some 76% of American adults ages 18 and older said that they read at least one book in the past year. Almost seven in ten adults (69%) read a book in print in the past 12 months, while 28% read an e-book, and 14% listened to an audiobook. Women are more likely than men to have read a book in the previous 12 months, and those with higher levels of income and education are more likely to have done so as well. In addition, blacks are more likely to have read a book than Hispanics. There were no significant differences by age group for rates of reading overall. In terms of book format, women are more likely than men to have read a print book or an e-book, as are whites and blacks compared with Hispanics and those with higher education and incomes compared with others. Younger adults are also more likely than those ages 65 and older to have read e-books, as are those who live in urban and suburban areas compared with rural residents. Finally, adults with higher levels of education are more likely to have read audiobooks than those who did not attend college."


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I had a brief flirtation with audiobooks as a means to kill time on the bus. However, I am apparently too distractible and would find myself having zoned out and missed large chunks of the book, and it's kind of a pain in the ass to rewind as opposed to flipping pages around in a book. I was forced to come to the conclusion that I might not be smart enough to listen to audiobooks.

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