Interesting Poll of the American Book Lover

A few weeks ago, the Pew Research Center published a report on American reading habits. Following that, The Atlantic published an article on the report, with a pretty decent analysis of what the report may or may not be saying.

It’s true that those highly educated young adults aren’t reading that many books today. The average 18-to-29 year old finishes nine per year, compared to 13 among older American. But according to the National Endowment for the Arts, teens and twenty-somethings have almost always read less than older adults.

Most importantly, the percentage of young folks reading for pleasure stopped declining. Last year, the NEA found that 52 percent of 18-24 year-olds had read a book outside of work or school, the same as in the pre-Facebook days of 2002. If book culture were in terminal decline, this is the demographic where you’d expect it to be fading fastest. Perhaps the worst of the fall is over.

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