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V-3b: International Comparison of Percentage of Adult Population Having Read at Least One Book in the Previous 12 Months, 2011/2012*

* “Adults” include people ages 25–64. Books read were for pleasure, not for work or school.

Source: European nations: Eurostat Adult Education Survey (data provided upon request). United States: National Endowment for the Arts, Survey of Public Participation in the Arts. Data analyzed and presented by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences’ Humanities Indicators (

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