Posted on 09/21/2018 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

The National Endowment for the Arts has some neat interactive graphics for the results of its 2017 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts.

Results overall are positive, but the breakdown of reading is not exactly uplifting for bookworms.

A little over half of the adult population (52.7 percent) reported reading books of any type, slightly down from fifteen years ago (56.6 percent in 2002).

Poetry and, to a lesser extent, plays are enjoying an increase in popularity in recent years, at least.

Novels and short stories, not so much — just 41.8 percent of adults reported consuming those, down from 45.1 percent in 2002.

Check out trends in other mediums, like visual arts and music, here.

Categories: Today in Books

Tagged As: Reading

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