According to a Gallup Poll referenced in The Atalantic, 23% of Americans said they didn't read a book in the past year. This is up from the 8% who didn't read a book in 1978. However, the increase isn't as high as one might think. 

From 1990 to current day it's consistently stayed around the percentage of non-readers as hovered in the upper teens and lower twenties.

According to Quora, the average user reads about 15 books a year which breaks down to little over a book a month. People cite many reasons as to why people are no longer reading. Ideas range from people caliming it has to do with the culture of instant gratification. Others claim it is becaue people watch too much television.

Nobody has a consensus, but the reports show that Americans aren’t reading.

One business insider claimed that CEOs should read four to five books a month. The dichotomy from the average to the ideal CEO is drastic, but trends show that the nonreaders will continue. Newspapers are already suffering the consequences, and everybody has their eye on the book industry. The only question is what the longlasting consequences will be.

 

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Danica is a professional editor and a freelance writer. She is passionate about books and can always be found with a good book in hand.