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3 out of 5 never read a book after high school June 27, 2007

Posted by Jeff in Books.

I originally heard this on the radio (don’t remember the source), but I found the same data quoted by Para Publishing, who is quoting Jerrold Jenkins:

  • 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.


This statistic makes me blush.  I believe another stat from that source was that the average page where people stop reading a book is page 18.

Reading teaches, challenges, and helps one think more critically – three things that most of us can use.  Try to read a book by the end of the summer.  Here are a few of my favorites:

And the one I’m reading right now:



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