May 16, 2022

Survey Findings: The Impact of COVID-19 on Reading in Canada, Part 2

From BookNet Canada:

Of the readers we surveyed, 58% are reading more, 39% are reading the same amount as before, and 4% are reading less. Though 17% are participating in fewer virtual book clubs or reading groups than before.


Where are readers getting their books now? Most of them are using online retailers or apps (43%). After that, popular places include free internet sites (32%), from other people (28%), and the digital catalog of their public library (28%). Two in ten Canadian readers are getting books from a physical bookstore through in-store/curbside pickup or delivery. The majority of people are buying or borrowing from the same places they used before. Readers are also diving into their to-read piles: picking up the books they already owned but hadn’t gotten around to reading yet.


Physical distancing means more time at home, but does it necessarily mean more time to read? Of the heavy readers, 59% report that they’re reading about the same amount and 38% said they’re reading more. Of the 58% of all readers who said they’re reading more, most are women between 25-34 years old. Of those who are reading less, most are men 45-64 years old.

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