Americans still read for pleasure, with about 75% of adults claiming to have read at least one book during the previous year, according to a 2013 survey. The number of Americans who have not read a book in the past year is estimated to have tripled since 1978, however. For people who do read for pleasure, the format has changed, as about 40% of American adults surveyed said they had read books electronically. Another 2013 survey found that adults age 18-39 who owned e-readers or tablets had read an average of 21 books in the previous year, compared with 13 for people who did not own such a device.
More about reading habits:
- A little more than half of all Americans older than 16 visit a library during a year.
- India is the country where people read the most, at an average of more than 10 hours per week.
- More than 80% of Americans age 50-64 say they read for pleasure, which is the highest rate of any age group.