March 22, 2018

Americans Are Still Reading Print Books


Print books remain the most popular format for reading, with 67% of Americans having read a print book in the past year. That comes from a Pew Research Center survey conducted in January. I think it is a good thing that 74% of Americans have read a book in the past 12 months in any format. That percent has been stable since 2012, but Americans are also spreading their book consumption across several formats.

Despite all the buzz about everything going digital, relatively few Americans consume digital books (which include audiobooks and e-books) to the exclusion of print.

The print-only people are at 39%. 29% read in digital formats and also read print books. But those reading only digital formats and that have not read any print books in the past 12 months is a measly 7%. The use of audiobooks is rising - now up to 18% of those surveyed.

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