More millennials read a book last year than older Americans

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One caveat to the study is that young people, particularly between 16 and 22, and more likely to be in school; so all this book-reading may not be entirely voluntary. Indeed, while young people were more likely to take advantage of a library in the past year than older Americans, only 19 percent of them say that their library’s closing would have a major impact on their life.

I’m not sure why it’s surprising that young people are reading, or that people are reading more in general. The Internet has made it easier than ever to access (and share) all kinds of reading materials – books, articles, comics – via all kinds of mediums, whether it be e-readers, smartphones, laptops, and of course, paper books.

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