Favor for the printed page

This came to me from a member of CLMP. They said it appeared in a newsletter of the Idaho Writers Guild. I looked up the guild and they don’t have the newsletter on-line, but an interesting association as part of The Cabin .

This is good news I guess. I’ve heard also that similar surveys of things like text books for schools, students voted to keep book pages, page typography or general page design, looking like books, and not have them begin to look like web sites.

This information, though a select group, the way most polls are done, is encouraging for those of us that want books to remain as they are. I think the number of books published reflects a similar public trend.

Rasmussen Poll on Reading Habits

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 58% of Adults say they have read a book for pleasure within the last month, while 11% say it’s been more than a year since they did so. In between are 13% who’ve read a book for pleasure in the past three months, eight percent (8%) who’ve done so within the last six months and six percent (6%) within the past year.

These findings are virtually unchanged from early November of last year. Four years ago, 69% said they had recently read a book for pleasure. But now 10% say they have used an electronic reading device. Last November, only seven percent (7%) said they had used a Kindle-like device. Overwhelmingly, however, most adults (88%) these days have not.

The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on June 4-5, 2010 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

When reading, 77% say they prefer traditional books to electronic versions. Eight percent (8%) favor electronic reading devices, and 15% are undecided.

Adults ages 30 to 49 are more likely to have read a book within the past month than those in other age groups. Women tend to read more than men. Married adults or adults with children have managed to read a book within the last month more than unmarried adults or adults without children.

Those who earn $75,000 or more per year are far more likely to have used an electronic reading device than those who make less.

Preference for an electronic device over a traditional book is slightly higher among younger readers, but those readers by far favor the printed page just like those who are older.


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