Tuesday, August 21, 2007

25% Of Us Don't Read Books

In USA Today there's an overview of a study that's been done that highlights rather grim statistics about book reading. That is, a lot of us aren't reading books. One in four adults say they read no books at all in the past year.

Some other factoids revealed in the news story...
When the Gallup poll asked in 2005 how many books people had at least started — a similar but not directly comparable question — the typical answer was five. That was down from 10 in 1999, but close to the 1990 response of six.

In 2004, a National Endowment for the Arts report titled "Reading at Risk" found only 57% of American adults had read a book in 2002, a four percentage point drop in a decade. The study faulted television, movies and the Internet.

Damn internet.

Though we don't read books that much, we sure dream of writing them. According to a poll amongst Britons (story in Guardian Unlimited), their number one dream job is to be a writer.

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