Reading / Literacy

Reading - Literacy

Photographed in DUMBO.

According to Abraham Lincoln, "The problem with quotes from the internet is it is hard to verify their authenticity". I recently came across such quotes about reading statistics: 33% of high school graduates never read another book for the rest of their lives. 42% of college graduates never read another book after college. 80% of U.S. families did not buy or read a book last year. 70% of U.S. adults have not been in a bookstore in the last five years. 57% of new books are not read to completion.

According to Pew Research December 2012 data: Some 78% of Americans ages 16 and older say they read a book in the past 12 months, and on the average (median), they read 8 books. About 20% of those who read, own an e-reader like the Amazon kindle, majority of whom generally read e-books. Although the cited error margins are only a few percent, these numbers seem slightly optimistic, given that 21 to 23 percent of adult Americans were found to be functionally illiterate by a government study performed in 2003.

Song of the Day: Paperback Writer - The Beatles (1966)
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