A Poll of U.S. Reading Habits

CNN has the skinny on a poll of reading habits in the U.S.

Some interesting take-aways:

  • One in four adults say they read no books at all in the past year.
  • Of those who did read, women and seniors were most avid, and religious works and popular fiction were the top choices.
  • The typical person claimed to have read four books in the last year — half read more and half read fewer. Excluding those who hadn’t read any, the usual number read was seven.
  • Analysts attribute the listlessness of book sales to competition from the Internet and other media, the unsteady economy and a well-established industry with limited opportunities for expansion.
  • Among those who said they had read books, the median figure — with half reading more, half fewer — was nine books for women and five for men.
  • People from the South read a bit more than those from other regions, mostly religious books and romance novels.
  • Whites read more than blacks and Hispanics
  • Democrats and liberals typically read more books than Republicans and conservatives.
  • Men tend to prefer nonfiction.

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