Readers Continue to Choose Print Books Over Other Formats, According to Recent Survey

Published 11/11/2016

Print books continue to be the favored format for readers. A Pew Research Center survey conducted earlier this year found that, “65% of Americans have read a print book in the last year, more than double the share that has read an e-book (28%) and more than four times the share that has consumed book content via audio book (14%).”1 

Also, according to the survey, “The share of Americans who have read a book in the last year is largely unchanged since 2012.”2 

In addition, the survey noted that readers are more often reading to keep up with current events, for work or school, and to research specific topics of interest.















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1 Andrew Perrin, “Book Reading 2016.” Pew Research Center, Washington, D.C., September 1, 2016.

2 Ibid. 

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