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Share of book and e-book readers in French-speaking Belgium 2016-2018

Are e-books going to take over printed books? From a Belgian perspective, exclusive e-book readers were gradually increasing in the French-speaking parts of the country, but remained a minority.

Whilst printed books did have a minor decrease in terms of loyal readers since 2016, the preference for e-books only was yet far behind the printed format. Furthermore, the share of the population consuming both formats of books was on the rise.

Share of the population reading books in the French-speaking parts of Belgium from 2016 to 2018, by format

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Release date

June 2018



Survey time period

2016 to 2018

Number of respondents

1,024 respondents

Age group

15 years and older

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Supplementary notes

This question was phrased by the source as follows: "Durant l’année écoulée, avez-vous lu ou consulté au moins 1 livre (hors journaux et magazines), que ce soit pour vos loisirs, votre travail ou vos études?" (English: During the past year, have you read at least one book (besides newspapers and magazines) as a hobby, for work or your studies?)

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