Book readers in the U.S. 2018, by gender

In 2018, data on book readers in the United States revealed that 75 percent of female respondents stated they had read at least one book in the previous 12 months. The share of men who had read a book in that time frame was similar and stood at 73 percent.

Book readers in the U.S.

Whilst digital formats have overtaken print in terms of popularity and consumption, many U.S. media consumers still enjoy a good book – though women tend to read more books than men. A 2018 survey showed that 11 percent of U.S. women read 31 or more books that year, compared to five percent of male respondents. Women were also more likely to prefer reading books in paperback format, and much less likely to be fans of comic books.

Regardless of adults’ preferences, something which many U.S. readers agree on is the importance of reading to children. According to a report on family reading habits, 58 percent of parents with a child aged between three and five years old said that they read aloud to their child five to seven times per week. The frequency of read-aloud time diminished as children grew older, usually because the child could then read independently, though some children eventually swap reading for other activities such as playing video games, watching television, or using social media.

Book readers in the United States in 2018, by gender

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Source

Release date

March 2018

Region

United States

Survey time period

January 3-10, 2018

Number of respondents

2,002 respondents

Age group

18 years and older

Special properties

includes reading printed books and e-books as well as listening to audio books

Method of interview

Telephone interview

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