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szdaily -> Culture
Readers on rise, mostly in digital
    2017-April-27  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

    CHINESE adults read an average of just under eight books in 2016 — a tiny increase of 0.02 percent over 2015 — while a rapid increase of 6.1 percent was seen in the number of people reading digital content.

    “We’ve seen fast growth in digital reading for eight consecutive years,” said Wei Yushan, head of the Chinese Academy of Press and Publication, who announced the academy’s major findings from the 14th survey of Chinese reading habits last week.

    Of the nearly eight books read by an average adult in 2016, about five were in print form and three were digital. Wei said similar surveys of readers from European countries and the United States show that they read 10 titles a year, while Japanese read 12.

    The academy has been conducting the survey since 1999.

    It surveyed 22,415 people in 52 cities and townships in 29 provincial-level regions. Both urban and rural areas were included. The survey was conducted over eight months.

    It found regular adult readers up 0.3 percent to 79.9 percent, with 85 percent of those under 17 reporting frequent reading. Those aged 14 to 17 read most — more than nine books a year.

    Ninety percent of parents read to or with their children.

    About 62 percent of Chinese read on WeChat, an increase of 10.5 percent. They spent an average of 26 minutes on it, 3.4 minutes more than that in 2015, Wei said. (China Daily)

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