Sixty-five percent of Americans have read a print book in the last year, according to a new survey from the Pew Research Center, more than double the share that has read an ebook (28 percent) or listened to an audiobook (14 percent).
According to the survey, 73 percent of Americans have read a book in the last 12 months, a figure that has remained consistent since 2012. But nearly 40 percent of Americans read print books exclusively, compared to just 6 percent of Americans who are digital-only.
Many ebook readers are not using e-readers, according to the survey, opting instead for multipurpose devices, like tablets and smartphones; the share of ebook readers using tablets has more than tripled since 2011, and the number of ebook readers using smartphones has more than doubled over that time.
Some more findings from the survey:
• Americans read an average of 12 books per year. However, the typical American has read four books in the last 12 months.
• College graduates are nearly four times as likely to read ebooks, and twice as likely to read print books and listen to audiobooks, compared with those who have not graduated high school.
• Women (77 percent) are more likely than men (68 percent) to read books in general, and are also more likely to read print books (70 percent). However, men and women are equally likely to read ebooks and audiobooks.
• Nineteen percent of Americans under the age of 50 have used a cellphone to read ebooks.
• Cellphones play “a relatively prominent role” in the e-reading habits of blacks (16 percent), as well as those who have not attended college (11 percent).
• Eighty-four percent of American adults read to research specific topics of interest, while 82 percent read to keep up with current events, 80 percent read for pleasure, and 57 percent read for work or school.
The survey was conducted from March 7 through April 4, and used a national sample of 1,520 adults, 18 years of age or older, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia.
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