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The National Endowment for the Arts’ Survey of Public Participation in the Arts provides a rich set of data about the place of books in Americans’ lives, demonstrating how humanistic skills and interest extend beyond the formal education system.

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Source: 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 (www.humanitiesindicators.org).

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* “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 (www.humanitiesindicators.org).

V-04c: Percentage of Americans 18 Years or Older Participating in a Book Club or Reading Group, by Gender, 2012–2017

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Source: 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 (www.humanitiesindicators.org).

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Source: National Endowment for the Arts, Survey of Public Participation in the Arts. Data analyzed by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences’ Humanities Indicators (www.humanitiesindicators.org).

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