Infographic: 7 Surprising Book Facts

tumblr_msda6js7Cl1rp5vgro1_500[1]Did you know that a third of high school graduates  never crack open another book once they leave school?  I did, but I didn't know that the same could be said for 42% of college grads.The following infographic includes 7 surprising facts about reading, including one that in practical terms isn't true. There are a lot of technical fields where reading alone won't make you an expert; that takes doing the work.Update: This infographic has been thoroughly debunked by a reader who pointed out that the Pew Research Center has survey data to prove that at least 3 of the 7 data points are nonsense. Thanks, rebecca!

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader:"I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."

11 Comments on Infographic: 7 Surprising Book Facts

  1. very,Very, VERY, interesting infographic, assuming it is correct.

  2. That 80% of US families one is the one I cannot understand… Not buying a book, ok, you can go to libraries for that. But not reading a book?!?!

    • I don’t find that hard to believe at all. I would guess that at least 80 percent of the folks where I live own only one book. They don’t read that one; they prefer to have it interpreted for them with a lot of fire and brimstone.

  3. I’ve never been to a book store in ages, either. I buy usually three to four books per year and read them online.

  4. I’m not surprised about the ‘no reading’ results…most homes i have visited over the last 30 years, even those owned by university-educated people in them, rarely have more than a few books on a small shelf.

  5. Yeah … but don’t forget that fewer than 75% of High School students actually graduate … and 2010 represented a 40 year all time high for this. A reasonable 30% of American adults have a college degree. Still, that leaves an awful lot of households with less and less propensity to read books — especially with so many other distractions like, um, blogs.

  6. http://www.pewresearch.org/2013/06/25/library-readers-book-type/

    Actual source with actual data clearly indicates this infographic is wrong. Like most infographics.

  7. Thank goodness the infographic’s wrong. It made me nervous – very hard to believe.

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