Annual budget of readers in French-speaking Belgium 2016-2018, by type of book

How much money did you spend on books this year? In the French-speaking parts of Belgium, a reader spent on average 129 euros to purchase printed books in 2018.

Whilst printed books did face a minor decrease in terms of the allocated budget from 2017 to 2018, the budget for e-books remained significantly lower. This does not come as a surprise, knowing that printed books were the favored format in the French-speaking parts of Belgium. In 2016, a person would spend on average 82.5 euros for e-books, whereas in 2018 the average budget was 69.6 euros.

Annual average budget for books in the French-speaking parts of Belgium from 2016 to 2018, by book format

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Release date

June 2018



Survey time period

2016 to 2018

Number of respondents

678 (print books) and 195 (e-books)

Age group

15 years and older

Special properties

readers who have bought at least one book

Supplementary notes

This question was phrased by the source as follows: "A combien estimez-vous le budget moyen annuel que vous consacrez à l’achat de livres imprimés / de livres numériques?" (English: How much annual budget do you estimate you dedicate to buying books or e-books?)

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