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Share of book readers in French-speaking Belgium 2018, by format

Do people prefer printed books or e-books in 2018? In the French speaking parts of Belgium, printed books seem to be the number one format for readers. As a matter of fact, 49 percent of them read printed books exclusively.

The survey suggested that very few people are solely e-books readers. At the same time, 44 percent of respondents read e-books alongside with the printed format.

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

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Release date

June 2018



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Number of respondents

849 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?" which translates as follows: Over the course of the past year, have you read at least one book (not newspapers nor magazines), regardless if it was as a hobby, for work or for study purposes?

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