Trends in Book and Literary Reading
The percentage of adult Americans reading literature has dropped dramatically over the past 20 years. “Literature” includes novels, short stories, plays, and poetry but not works of nonfiction.
|U.S. adult population||Rate of decline|
|Number of literary readers (in millions)||96||100||96|
|Percentage reading literature||56.9%||54.0%||46.7%||–14%|
|Percentage reading any book||n.a.||60.9||56.6||–7|
|Trends in Reading and Publishing||Family Reading, 1993–2001|
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