Fewer Americans Reading Books

It seems fewer and fewer people these days are reading books. I mean actual paper books. For the sake of this story, we won't count E-books. According to a new study, 27% of Americans haven't read a book, or even part of a book, in the past year. But hey, that means 73% of us HAVE, right?

That number is fairly consistent over the past four years . . . in April of 2015, 26% of people said they hadn't read a book in the past year.It's a big jump from 2011, though . . . when only 18% hadn't read in the past year. 

Of course, in 2011, books had less competition for our time since binge watching TV shows wasn't really a thing yet . . . to put it in perspective, that was still two years before Netflix's first original series.

The study also found that for those people who DO read, we get through an average of around one book every three months. 

(Pew Research/New York Post)



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