Overall, Americans read an average of 12 books per year, while the typical American has read four books in the past 12 months.
Nearly twenty percent of Americans now listen to audiobooks while there has been a modest but statistically significant increase in its share, from 14% to 18%.
But print books continue to be more popular than e-books or audiobooks– four-in-ten Americans only read print books while college graduates especially likely to read books in a variety of formats, a survey by Pew Research Center reveals.
The survey conducted in January also shows about three-quarters (74%) of Americans have read a book in the past 12 months in any format, a figure that has remained largely unchanged since 2012. Print books remain the most popular format for reading, with 67% of Americans having read a print book in the past year.
According to 2016 survey by Pew, a growing share of Americans are reading e-books on tablets and smartphones rather than dedicated e-readers, but print books remain much more popular than books in digital formats.
Overall, Americans read an average (mean) of 12 books per year, while the typical (median) American has read four books in the past 12 months. Each of these figures is largely unchanged since 2011, when the Center first began conducting the surveys of Americans’ book reading habits.
Demographic differences in book reading in 2018 are similar to the patterns seen in previous (2016) Pew Research Center surveys. For instance, college graduates are more likely to be book readers than those who have not attended college, and younger adults are more likely to read books than those 65 and older.
Also, more Americans are reading books on tablets and cellphones, even as dedicated e-reader use has remained stable, the 2016 survey had revealed.
Cellphones play a relatively prominent role in the e-reading habits of non-whites, those who have not attended college.