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More than a quarter (27%) of U.S. adults say they haven’t read a book in the last year. No print books, no e-books, not even an audiobook – nothing! I know, I know, book lovers might be kind of shocked to learn how many Americans simply don’t enjoy reading all that much.
In a survey of 1,502 American adults, the Pew Research Center found there is a growing section of the population that doesn’t read at all. This statistic is up from 19% in 2011 when Pew began collecting data.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Pew found that college graduates and more affluent Americans are more likely to have read a book than others, reaffirming the prevailing wisdom that ease-of-access is one of the most important factors for increasing literacy.
In another study, Pew found that the typical American has read at least four books in 12 months. But Americans, on average, read 12 books a year.
And while e-books and audiobooks are growing, it appears their popularity comes at the expense of the popularity of print books. 37% of American say they only read print books, 28% read or listen to digital formats, and about 7% of Americans say they exclusively read books in digital formats and totally eschew print books.
Nevertheless, print is still king. Leading 7% over e-books, Americans still seem to prefer physical copies to their digital counterparts.
Moral of the story: let’s get reading! We gotta get those numbers up.
A study of over two million books done by Queens College-CUNY recently found that books written by female authors were generally priced 45% lower than books written by male authors.
The study found that book prices tend to de-escalate as genres became more female (books that are typically considered more ‘female’tend to either fall into the ‘romance’category or tend to be female-driven stories primarily involving women. I wish I was making this up.).
Statistically, female authors do tend to dominate the romance field while male authors dominate the sciencefield. So, discounting these genres and just looking at the books by male and female authors in the same genre, the study found that women are still earning about 9% less than men.
And, when discounting big publishing houses and just looking at independent publishers and self-published books, the study found that, although equality is definitely more prevalent, women are still earning 7% less than men. Even when pricing their own works, female authors have been conditioned to believe they should be pricing their books lower than the works of men.
This inequality in the book world isn’t just prevalent when it comes to pricing: this 2015 article onJezebelshows how one woman needed to use a male-pseudonym in order to get her manuscript noticed by literary agents.
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This isn’t a new technique, though. Female authors have historically been publishing their works under male names since the beginning of time. The Brontë sisters published their works under Currer Bell, Acton Bell, and Ellis Bell after being told “literature cannot be the business of a woman’s life” by poet Robert Southey. Louisa May Alcott went by A.M. Bernard. Nora Roberts went by J.D. Robbs. Joanne Rowling is J.K. Rowling.
Women having to de-feminize their own names in order to be taken seriously within the literary community sounds like insanity. Still, it really doesn’t come as much of a shock.
I, personally, have never read a book written by a female author and thought, “hmmmm, her work is just too womanly for my taste.” Still, I know that I’m definitely someone who tends to veer away from books considered romantic or chick-lit (why does that term still exist?), steering clear of books with bright pink covers and more feminine fonts and, instead heading straight for the books I, for some reason, consider more serious and respectable.
And, if I want things to change and equality to rise, I’m going to have to look at my own faults and flaws first. So, I’m going to take a vow to recognize my own discriminations and cut them at the roots. I’ll step out of my comfort zone and not be so quick to deem any authors work less serious than another’s.
Hey. I heard you like book facts. Well, you’ve come to the right place, because I’ve got them. Not all of them, but many of them—the ones you want at least. Did you know that there are 129,864,880 published books in the world? Did you know that 90,000 of those books come from India? How about that Romance is the highest grossing genre? Even if you did happen to know those things, you may be surprised to learn that L. Ron Hubbard, founder of Scientology, wrote the third longest book ever published.
Want to know more? Read on!
Highest Grossing Genre
Applie iBooks 11%
Barnes and Noble 8%
Kob US 3%
Google Play Books 2%
Highest Grossing Book Series Movie Adaptations
The Hunger Games
Lord of the Rings
Highest Grossing Book Series
1. Harry Potter
3. Peter Rabbit
4. Lord of the Rings
5. The Chronicles of Narnia
7. Little House On The Prairie
8. Milennium Trilogy
9. Hunger Games
10. A Song Of Ice And Fire
Cyrus the Great by Georges de Scudéry/Madeleine de Scudéry
Have you ever wondered which country publishes the most books per year? You may think you know the answer, but everyone at Bookstr was surprised! Take a look and see where your country lies on the book-publishing map. We do apologize for all countries without information: We tried to find every country’s number but not all were available!
In first place comes China, with 440,000 books published in 2013, second is the United States with 304,912 books published in 2013, and third is the United Kingdom with 184,000 books published in 2011.