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Penetration of print book consumption in the U.S. 2018-2019, by education level

During a survey held in early 2019, 82 percent of American college graduates said that they had read at least one print book in the last year. This is a three percent decrease from the 2018 figure, but the most notable change took place among U.S. adults who did not graduate high school. Just 25 percent of respondents in this category reported having read a printed book within the last 12 months, marking a drop of ten percent from the previous year.

Share of adults who have read a print book in the last 12 months in the United States from 2018 and 2019, by education level

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Release date

September 2019


United States

Survey time period

January 3-10, 2018

Number of respondents

2018: 2,002; 2019: 1,052

Age group

18 years and older

Method of interview

Telephone interview

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