By the Numbers: Who Doesn’t Read Books in America?

Tweet Share38 +1 Share PocketShares 38Earlier this month Pew Research Center released the results of its latest survey on American book reading habits. It turns out that one in four Americans hadn’t cracked a book in the past year, and now we know how that figure breaks down in terms of the population. As you had probably guessed, the non-readers tended to have only an HS degree, earn less that $30,000, and live in either rural or urban areas. They also tended to be over 50 years of age. Several demographic traits correlate with non-book reading, Pew Research Center surveys have found. For instance, adults with a high school degree or less are about five times as likely as college graduates (37% vs. 7%) to report not reading books in any format in the past year. Adults with lower levels of educational attainment are also among the least likely to own smartphones, even as e-book reading on these devices has increased substantially since 2011. (College-educated adults are more likely to own these devices and use them to read e-books.) Adults with annual household incomes of $30,000 or less are about three times as likely as the most affluent adults to be non-book … Continue reading By the Numbers: Who Doesn’t Read Books in America?