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Americans Are Reading Fewer Books Than Before

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The pandemic lockdown was a perfect chance to catch up on some reading – but most of us chose to binge-watch Netflix instead.

According to a new Gallup poll, Americans are reading fewer books than ever – averaging 12.6 books in the last year.

That’s down from an average of 15.6 books in 2016, and the lowest total since Gallup began keeping track in 1990.

And we’re not just talking about old-fashioned paper books – the survey included e-books and audiobooks as well.

Roughly 17% of Americans say they didn’t read any books last year, while 27% say they read more than 10 books.

How many books do you read in a year? Why do you think the number is going down?


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