May 24, 2022

Report From New Zealand Book Council: Book Reading in New Zealand (2017 Survey Findings)

From the New Zealand Book Council Website:

2017-07-30_18-13-35Our 2017 survey on book reading in New Zealand confirms not only are we a nation that loves to read – we devour an average of 20.6 books a year – but also a nation that loves to read our own stories. Almost 50% of Kiwi adult survey respondents read at least one book by a New Zealand author in the past 12 months. The majority of us read for relaxation and enjoyment, and our favourite fiction genres are crime, thriller and adventure stories.

But not all the findings were positive. The survey also reveals that 394,000 Kiwi adults did not read (or even start to read) a book in the last 12 months. 31% say that they don’t have time to read, 24% say that they don’t enjoy reading, and 16% say they feel it is easier to watch movies based on a book.


The Book Reading in New Zealand survey was conducted by Horizon Research for the New Zealand Book Council.

Read the NZBC Blog Post

Direct to Full Text Report
24 pages; PDF.

Direct to Tables Appendix
565 pages; PDF.

Hat Tip/Thanks: Mobile Read Forums

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