The Straits Times
Published on Oct 23, 2012

Biggest readers in US teens or 30-somethings: Survey


WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - The most likely book readers in the United States are high-school students, college-age adults and people in their 30s, with e-book use highest among 30-somethings, a survey released on Tuesday showed.

Seventy-eight per cent of Americans had read at least one book in the previous 12 months, with the rate 83 per cent among those aged between 16 and 29, according to the survey by the Pew Research Center's Internet and American Life Project.

The survey is part of Pew's effort to assess US reading habits as e-books change the reading landscape and the borrowing services of libraries.

The highest percentage of readers by age was 88 per cent, among the 18-24 age group, followed by 86 per cent in the 16-17 range. Readers in the 30-39 group trailed at 84 per cent.