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Book readers in the U.S. 2019, by household income

During a survey held in early 2019, 86 percent of respondents with an annual household income of more than 75,000 U.S. dollars a year stated they had read at least one book in the previous 12 months. Whilst this figure remains unchanged from 2018, there remains a clear correlation between book readership and income. For individuals with annuals household earnings of less than 30 thousand U.S. dollars, the share of adults who had read a book in any format in the last year was 16 percent lower than for those earning 75K or more.

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

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Release date

September 2019


United States

Survey time period

January 8 to February 7, 2019

Number of respondents

1,052 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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