The survey indicates that we are consuming books at nearly the same rate as we did in 2002 — a time before social media became commonplace. Further, despite the growth of e-readers and tablets, 73% of those surveyed said they most often read printed books — whereas only about 20% said they often read electronic books and fewer than 10% listened to audio books often.
What a hopeful message on this #BookLoversDay.
“The data remains encouraging, documenting that Americans are still a literate people, with access to the wider range of thought, feeling and understanding that reading makes available,” the assistant professor of English notes. “For my part, I'll be reading something by Neil Gaiman. My new book project concerns this enormously popular writer and speculates about his value to readers today. I'll probably give ‘The Ocean at the End of the Lane’ a look.”