We talk about this all the time, but rarely do we have actual stats. This is quoted from an English charity named Booktrust:
Significant minorities of adults in England have negative attitudes towards reading:
- Nearly a fifth (18%) never read physical books, and 71% never read e-books.
- A fifth (20%) never buy physical books at all (in a shop or online).
- 36% often start a book but get bored and 35% cannot find the time to read.
- 56% think that the internet and computers will replace books in the next 20 years, the proportion with this view rises to 64% of 18 to 30 year olds.
- 27% prefer the internet and social media to reading books, rising to 56% among 18-30 year olds.
- 45% prefer television and DVDs to reading.
However, substantial sections of the population have more positive attitudes to reading:
- 76% say that reading improves their life, and the same number says it helps to make them feel good.
- 28% of adults read physical books every day, with a further 22% reading them at least weekly.
- 76% prefer to read physical books, only 10% prefer e-books.
- Nearly half (49%) enjoy reading books very much. A further 23% enjoy reading books quite a lot.
- More than half own upwards of 50 books, with around 200 owned on average.
80% buy physical books and read books
A quarter read daily and a half read weekly
That’s not too shabby. I wonder how this applies to the US and Canada?