Posted on November 1, 2023 at 10:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Two new surveys examining Americans' reading habits came out last month.

One, done by YouGov, was specifically focused on book-owning habits.

It found that while 85 percent of Americans have at least one physical book, most of us have relatively small libraries.

Again counting only physical books, 20 percent have ten or fewer books, 14 percent have 11 to 25 books, and 13 percent have 26 to 50 books.

(When discussing ebooks, only about half of respondents owned at least one ebook.)

And considering these stats, YouGov noted that its primary finding on organization method isn't surprising.

That is, most people said they didn't have a particular way of ordering their books ... but that makes sense if you only have a few of them.

Read more about Americans' book-owning and -organizing habits in YouGov's news release.

The other reading-related survey came from the National Endowment for the Arts.

The NEA researched how COVID-19 affected arts participation, looking at July 2021 to July 2022.

Results are more interesting for forms of art beyond the written word — because a downward trend in reading continued in that area.

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