Frequency of reading books in England 2013, by socio-economic group

This statistic illustrates the frequency of reading books in England in 2013, broken down by socio-economic group. Of respondents in the AB group, 34 percent of reported reading hard copy books every day, while 31 percent of DEs reported reading books less often than weekly.

How often do you read hard copy books?*

Socio economic group**DailyAt least weeklyLess oftenNever
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Release date

March 2014


United Kingdom (England)

Survey time period

August 2013

Number of respondents

1,500 respondents

Age group

18 years and older

Method of interview

Telephone interview

Supplementary notes

* The original survey question was: "How often do you read each of the following...?"
** The source indicates: "SEG is a classification based on occupation which allows a household to be classified according to the occupation of the Chief Income Earner. It is based on a number of questions around their occupation, the type of organisation they work(ed) for, role, job title, managerial responsibilities and qualifications. The SEG classifications are as follows:
A) High managerial, administrative or professional;
B) Intermediate managerial, administrative or professional;
C1) Supervisory, clerical and junior managerial, administrative or professional;
C2) Skilled manual workers;
D) Semi and unskilled manual workers;
E) State pensioners, casual or lowest grade workers, unemployed with state benefits only.

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