Bill Quick

Who reads books in America, and how? – Boing Boing

The Pew Internet and American Life project has released a new report on reading, called E-Reading Rises as Device Ownership Jumps. It surveys American book-reading habits, looking at both print books and electronic books, as well as audiobooks. They report that ebook readership is increasing, and also produced a “snapshot” (above) showing readership breakdown by gender, race, and age. They show strong reading affinity among visible minorities and women, and a strong correlation between high incomes and readership. The most interesting number for me is that 76 percent of Americans read at least one book last year, which is much higher than I’d have guessed.

My guess is that there is a fair amount of lying going on. ¬†Admitting you haven’t read a book in the past year is tantamount to admitting that you’re a dumbass.

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Bill Quick

About Bill Quick

I am a small-l libertarian. My primary concern is to increase individual liberty as much as possible in the face of statist efforts to restrict it from both the right and the left. If I had to sum up my beliefs as concisely as possible, I would say, "Stay out of my wallet and my bedroom," "your liberty stops at my nose," and "don't tread on me." I will believe that things are taking a turn for the better in America when married gays are able to, and do, maintain large arsenals of automatic weapons, and tax collectors are, and do, not.


Readers — 2 Comments

  1. A book a year? Ha.

    I took 12 days off over the Christmas break last year. Over that period I read 7 books, half a dozen short stories and 6 academic journal articles — or 7 if you count the book chapter on “Teleology and Embryogenesis in Aristotle’s _Generation of Animals_ II.6″. Oh, and all 8 extant volumes of the Invincible comic book hardcover collections.

    If I only read one book a year I’d go insane from all the free time.