Last week, Pew Research Center issued a report on America’s reading habits. The study found that 65% of Americans read a print book in the last year. Pew found that 28% of Americans read an e-book and 14% listened to a audio-book in the previous year.
Although the share of e-book readers on tablets more than tripled since 2011 and the number of readers on smartphones has more than doubled over that time, e-book readership only increased from 17% in 2011 to 28% in 2014 and has not changed in the last two years.
Other highlights from Pew’s report Book Reading 2016:
- Americans read an average of twelve books per year
- Twenty-eight percent of Americans read books in both digital and print formats
- Age does not seem to matter, and 6% of 18-29 year-olds only read digital books, 7% of 30-49 year-olds, and 5% of those 50 and older
- Young people read more than seniors. Eighty percent of 18-29 year-olds read a book in the past year compared with 67% of those 65 and older.
For more information, see Book Reading 2016.