2 out of 3 Californians like reading “a lot,” survey finds


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Two thirds of Californians say they like reading ‘a lot,’ according to a new survey. The USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, released Thursday, looks at the state of books in the state. The conclusion? Things are looking good.

Some key findings:

25% of Californians say they read a book a week. 31% of Californians spend at least seven hours a week reading for pleasure. 17% of Californians spend more than 10 hours a week reading for pleasure. 80% of Californians read at least one book in the last month. 40% of Californians read three or more books in the last month. 18% of Californians read on a Nook, Kindle, iPad or other ereader.


As other reports have suggested, getting an ereader can lead to more reading. Thirty-four percent of Californians surveyed said that with an ereader, they read more books than they did before.

The USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll surveyed 1,502 Californians between April 7 and 17.

-- Carolyn Kellogg