A recent survey found that, contrary to what all your parents' friends claim, print books are still vastly more popular than e-books and audio books.
The Pew Research survey, conducted earlier this year, found that since 2012 the percent of people who said they had read a book within the last 12 months has more or less remained the same: 73 percent.
Here's what interesting: Sixty-five percent of Americans have read a physical, printed book within the last year compared to 28 percent who have read an e-book and 14 percent who have listened to an audio book.
The way people read e-books has evolved over the past five years as well. People who read e-books have shifted to using smartphones and tablets instead of e-readers. Since 2011, the percent of people reading on tablets has tripled and those reading on smartphones has doubled, but the percent of people using e-readers hasn't changed at all.
Americans read an average of 12 books per year and the average American has read four books within the last year. On average, college graduates, people in the 18- to 29-year-old group, and women are more likely to read more throughout the year. Discuss
Good news muggles. You’ll soon have three more books from the wizarding world of Harry Potter to read. The site Pottermore announced that three new ebooks from JK Rowling are set to be released next month “intended to supplement the Harry Potter book series.” Each of the three books is a collection of short stories based around Hogwarts and characters from the series.
Power, Politics And Pesky Poltergeists focuses on the origins of Professor Dolores Umbridge, Voldemort and the history of Azkaban prison. Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies is about Minerva McGonagall and Remus Lupin and Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide is about the school itself.
Each book is only about 10,000 words, so they'll will keep you busy for at least an evening. Discuss
A decade and a half after its release, Purpose Driven Life is still getting some high-profile shout-outs.
Last week, Rick Warren’s best-selling book The Purpose Driven Life was Olympian Michael Phelps told ESPN that it helped him during one of the most difficult times in the life. The entire piece on Phelps’ life is worth the watch, but his comments about the impact of the book show just how powerful Warren’s thoughts are, 15 years after they were first published: “It’s turned me into believing there is a power greater than myself and there is a purpose for me on this planet … It helped me when I was in a place where I needed the most help.”
He's not the only celebrity to recently talk about the impact of the book. Christianity Todayposted a piece looking at the long-term impact of the book, and noted that even reality star Kim Kardashian recently revealed that she was a fan. In an interview with US Weekly a few months back, she said that Purpose Driven Life—which was given to her by Kathy Lee Gifford—was one of her three favorite books. (In case you're wondering, she also included Tuesdays With Morrie and Embraced by the Light, which said was a gift from her late father.)
To date, the book has sold more than 40 million copies. Discuss
If you own a copy of the book Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, there’s a chance it could be worth tens of thousands of dollars. How do you know if yours is one of the 500 hardbacks with the rare mistake? Go to page 53, and look at the list of school supplies recommended for incoming Hogwarts students. If “1 wand” is on there twice, you could be sitting on a small fortune (that is, if your copy is still in good condition). As Time and The Independent note, one copy might bring more than $30,000 at an auction this fall.
As an official at Bonhams Fine Books and Manuscripts, who is hosting the auction, explained to The Independent, “Like most enduring books aimed at younger readers, the Harry Potter books also have wide appeal to adults and there is a strong market among collectors for first editions.”
Here’s a look at the passage a Twitter user discovered back in 2014: