Today Russians are reading more than two years ago, although in comparison to the 90’s the current indicator is much lower, according to the polls. Only a quarter ofthose living in Russia were buying books for the last three months, but the costs werequite perceptible - about 1 thousand rubles.
The average Russian reads 4.23 books in three months. The older respondents (4.48) and active Internet users (4.56) read more, less - Russiansaged 25-34 (4.05). Over the past two years Russian’s home libraries grew from 31 to 37%, increasing in the proportion of those who havemore than 100 books.
"It is interestingthat the number ofthose who do not have books at home, decreases from year to year. We attribute this tothe greater availability of books thaninthe 1990s. E-booksare mainly used by residents of Moscow and St. Petersburg, in the regions peoples till prefer paper books, "- says WCIOM’s communications director Olga Kamenchuk.
45-59-year-olders read and spend most on the books. These are the people of the generation,when the cult of the book was raised. The book was a lsoa major sourceof information."It's notjust how many Russians are reading, but what exactly. Unfortunately, ourresearch shows thatover the past five years,the leaders arelight literature, a kind of chewing gumfor the mind, "- said Ms.Kamenchuk.
Alexander Nabokov, chief editor of «Knizhnoe obozrenie» (Book Review) newspaper:
- The results ofa survey showing a positive trend in reading- is a pleasant result, on the one hand, on the other -quite expected. Reading become fashionable again. Present edevidence that the activeinternet users are the reading audience- is also a fact. Moreover, the audience reading critically. «Knizhnoe obozrenie» recently conducted astudyon the subject with Live lib.We asked people the question: "What kind of booksdo you miss?" Their answers convince, that the notorious reduction of reader’sactivity and purchasing books is a fault (ormisfortune) of publishers and book distributors,who do notsatisfy the needs of different targetgroups.
Dmitri Koptubenko, Anna Popova, Yevgenia Korytina
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