Read any good books lately?

I’m a voracious reader, so much so that on a typical trip I have to carry two books because I’ll get through 400-500 pages on a flight to Los Angeles, and the same again on the way back. And that’s even taking time out to watch the movie.

I even frequently read several books simultaneously. There are two on my bedside table, and two more in my bag for my flight tomorrow. My wife enjoys reading as well, and I’ve even noticed my kids reading for enjoyment.

So I was stunned to see these statistics from the Jenkins Group:

One-third of high school graduates never read another book for the rest of their lives. Many do not even graduate from high school.

58% of the US adult population never reads another book after high school.

42% of college graduates never read another book.

80% of US families did not buy or read a book last year.

70% of US adults have not been in a bookstore in the last five years.

57% of new books are not read to completion.

These and many, many other related statistics have been collected by Dan Poynter. They provide an incredible, and disturbing, peek into the business of books. I would never have imagined that over 50% of adults never read a book after high school.

Tip of the hat to Jeff Jarvis.

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