Record Pounds 1.6bn Is Spent on Books
Lister, David, The Independent (London, England)
PEOPLE are reading more, despite advances in computer technology and more sophisticated toys, a report from the Policy Studies Institute shows, writes David Lister.
The latest edition of the independent research group's Cultural Trends shows that net consumer spending on books in 1992 reached a record pounds 1.595bn, up 6 per cent over the previous year. It also shows that prices for non-fiction titles continue to rise, from an average pounds 18.19 in 1992 to pounds 19.01 last year. The greatest price rise was in school textbooks, which rose from an average pounds 8.62 to pounds 13.06 (48 per cent) between 1991 and 1993. The average price of fiction titles fell for the first time in a number of years, from pounds 8.87 to pounds 8.69, between 1992 and 1993. The statistics, based on all the relevant surveys, show 48 per cent of the population read regularly, with 46 per cent claiming to read every day, up 15 per cent from 1989. The average number of hours spent reading per week …
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