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– 80% of 18- to 29-year-olds have read a book in the last year, compared with 67% of those 65 and older.
These young adults are more likely than their elders to read books in various digital formats, but are also more likely to read print books as well: 72% have read a print book in the last year, compared with 61% of seniors.
In total, 34% of Americans have either read an e-book or listened to an audio book in the last year, but relatively few Americans read books in these digital formats to the exclusion of print books.
More than one-quarter (28%) of Americans read books in both print and digital formats (which includes e-books and audio books).
Some 73% of Americans report that they have read at least one book in the last year.
As was the case in previous Pew Research Center surveys on book reading, certain groups of Americans read at relatively high rates and in a wide variety of formats.
And when people reach for a book, it is much more likely to be a traditional print book than a digital product.