Magazine article Library Administrator's Digest

More Than 10 Books in Typical Year

Magazine article Library Administrator's Digest

More Than 10 Books in Typical Year

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For years, people have been crying about the death of the book. While reading books may be declining, Americans are reading, just one in 10 (9 percent) say they typically read no books in an average year. About one-quarter (23 percent) read between one and three books, while one in five (19 percent) read between four and six books, and 13 percent typically read between seven and 10 books. And, over one-third (37 percent) of Americans say they read more than 10 books in an average year.

There are certain groups who are more likely to read more than 10 books in an average year. Looking at the generations, almost half (47 percent) of Matures (those aged 63 and older) say they read more than 10 books compared to just one-third (33 percent) of Baby Boomers (those aged 44-62). Women are also more likely to read more than men - 44 percent of women read more than 10 books a year compared to three in 10 (29 percent) men. Candidates may not want to try books to reach their partisans, but it may be a good way to reach out to Independents. Just one-third of Republicans (33 percent) and Democrats (35 percent) say they read more than 10 books in a year compared to 44 percent of Independents.

These are some of the results of a nationwide Harris Poll of 2,513 U.S. adults surveyed online between March 11 and 18, 2008 by Harris Interactive.

One reason for lack of reading is lack of time. Just under half (45 percent) of those who read at least one book a year say they have less time for reading books today than they did five years ago, while one-third (33 percent) say they have about the same amount of time, and one in five (22 percent) have more time. …

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