The Washington Post headline scares ya! Boo-YA!
ONE IN FOUR READ NO BOOKS LAST YEAR
If I had to guess, I would've put it higher. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised to learn that 50% of Americans didn't read any books last year. If 75% of the public is still reading books, isn't that good news? I guess not:
One in four adults read no books at all in the past year, according to an Associated Press-Ipsos poll released Tuesday. Of those who did read, women and older people were most avid, and religious works and popular fiction were the top choices.
The survey reveals a nation whose book readers, on the whole, can hardly be called ravenous. The typical person claimed to have read four books in the last year -- half read more and half read fewer. Excluding those who hadn't read any, the usual number read was seven.
Way down in the story are the real numbers:
The publishing business totaled $35.7 billion in global sales last year, 3 percent more than the previous year, according to the Book Industry Study Group, a trade association. About 3.1 billion books were sold, an increase of less than 1 percent.
The actual poll results and demographic breakdowns are interesting; they can be downloaded here.