Over six in 10 Poles do not read books: study

More than six in 10 Poles did not read a single book last year, according to a study.

Only 37 percent of Poles read at least one book in 2018, down from 38 percent a year earlier, according to the study by Poland’s National Library, as cited by the Gazeta Wyborcza newspaper.

The daily observed that, even though the figure looks unsettling, readership levels have been stable in Poland in recent years.

According to the National Library, the number of book readers dropped dramatically between 2004 and 2008. Since then the trend has remained essentially the same.

The percentage of those who read seven or more books a year has ranged from 9 to 11 percent since 2004, Gazeta Wyborcza reported.

The National Library says people do not read books for a combination of reasons. These include new ways of spending free time and the growing popularity of digital entertainment. Another factor is that, as communication technology develops, books are no longer the only source of knowledge and information.

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