The Harry Potter buzz reminded me of an earlier post (exactly one year ago today) on American reading habits. That post linked to a bunch of stats on reading habits at ParaPublishing.com, including:
- One-third of high school graduates never read another book for the rest of their lives.
- 58% of the US adult population never reads another book after high school.
- 42% of college graduates never read another book.
- 80% of US families did not buy or read a book last year.
- 70% of US adults have not been in a bookstore in the last five years.
- 57% of new books are not read to completion.
- Most readers do not get past page 18 in a book they have purchased.
- Customers 55 and older account for more than one-third of all books bought.
If you can point us to more recent data, leave a comment. I want to believe these stats are wrong but have no reason to doubt them.