Current Reading Stats from the Booktrust Reading Habits Survey 2013
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?
- Survey shows deep class divide in reading habits (theguardian.com)
- New Survey Shows eBook Adoption at 29% in the UK (the-digital-reader.com)
- Reading, Wealth and Satisfaction (sites.wakingbraincells.com)