72% of Adult Americans Read a Book Last Year

By Dianna Dilworth 

Seventy-two percent of American adults read a book within the past year in any format, according to new research from Pew. This is down from 79 percent who had read a book in 2011.

Reading print books is down slightly among American adults. Sixty-three percent said they read at least one book in print in the past year, down from 69 percent in 2014 and 71 percent in 2011. Here is more from Pew:

The survey data – which measure who has read at least one book in whole or in part in the previous year, how many they read and what formats they use – come as industry data out last month indicate that Americans remain hybrid consumers. Digital sales, which comprise about 20% of the market, have slowed sharply, while print sales have stayed relatively strong, according to the Association of American Publishers.