Book consumption in the U.S. 2011-2019, by format

Data shows that the book consumption penetration rate in the United States has fluctuated continually since 2011, with audiobooks growing in popularity whilst print book readership has waned. However, print books remain the most popular book format. In 2019, 65 percent of survey respondents stated they had read at least one print book in the past year, forty percent more than the share of adults who had read an e-book in the same period.

Share of adults who have read a book in any format in the last 12 months in the United States from 2011 to 2019, by format

Book in any formatPrint book E-book Audiobook
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Source

Release date

September 2019

Region

United States

Survey time period

2011 to 2019

Number of respondents

2019: n = 1,502

Age group

18 years and older

Special properties

read/listened to at least one book in the following formats in the past 12 months

Method of interview

Telephone interview

Supplementary notes

The source does not provide the number of respondents and an exact survey date for the period 2011 to 2015.
Figures for 2013 and 2017 not available.
Data prior to 2019 comes from previous reports.

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