Friday, August 24, 2007

Nope, Not One Book

A new poll shows that the man who hadn't read any books since high school isn't alone. It turns out that 27% of adults didn't read any books in the last year; and chances are good that a fair number of them didn't read any books the year before, or the year before that. There are so many things available to do with spare time - sports, internet, TV, video games, movies - that it's not surprising that some people never get around to a book, especially if there is nothing in their background to suggest that reading a book is worthwhile.

Of people who read books, the median number of books read was 7; 27% read 15 or more books, including 8% who averaged at least one book a week . Roughly half the respondents read non-fiction, either history or a biography; nearly 2/3 read the Bible or a religious book, and over half read popular fiction. The political pundits are having fun with the fact that liberals read (slightly) more books than conservatives, with the liberals saying conservatives just want sound bites and conservatives saying liberals are verbose.

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