Thursday, July 30, 2015

Reader Statistics

I was looking for statistics on how readers choose books and I ran across this article on A Snapshot of Reading in America in 2013. Okay, it’s a little dated but I found it interesting and thought you might, too. Since this report sales of -e-books and audiobooks have increased by a fair percentage. This is from several of the workshops I took at my conference.
As of January 2014, some 76% of American adults ages 18 and older said that they read at least one book in the past year. Almost seven in ten adults (69%) read a book in print in the past 12 months, while 28% read an e-book, and 14% listened to an audiobook.

Reading snapshot

On an average, the typical reader read five books last year. Print books arer still popular but e-books are catching up.

As tablet ownership grows, more use them for e-books
To read the whole article you can go to (The Pew Research Center)


  1. Interesting stats. I find that print doesn't sell as well as ebooks, which is different than what this research shows. Do you think that it has changed over the years since this research was done.

    1. Yes, I do. I 's have to check my numbers from my conference but I believe in 2013 e-books were selling about 13% and now they're up around 70%. I'd invest in audio books before print books, as an author.

  2. Thanks for sharing these stats, Beverly. I'm sometimes taken aback by 1-5 book read per year. Associating with so many authors who read voraciously, I can't image it. Then when I realize my book is competing for that 1-5 book a year spot, it's a bit scary.

    1. Yeah, I found that a little startling. I figured everyone read a minimum of a book a month. We're really fighting for a smaller market.