Reading is sexy

January 19, 2009 at 12:21 am Leave a comment

Time flies when you’re not working. While you ponder that idiom, let me toss in a couple of links for literacy punters.

Reading is on the rise in the USA.  Whoa, can it be? According to the National Endowment for the Arts, the up trend reverses a decline in lit reading for the first time in more than two decades. The good news is, it’s about literature. The better news is, young adults are leading the trend. What’s pushing this? I think online reading. You can download the report here for a squiz. I haven’t read it yet but the title says it all.

So of course I had to see what the stats were for the UK. It seems the last major survey into their reading habits was conducted in 2007 by the Literacy Trust. Do let me know if more recent stats are available.

Finally, Wikipedia led me to the Human Development Indices from the UNDP. The report provides an assessment of country achievements in different areas of human development,  including literacy rates. These reports are not conclusive but quite fun, in the way stats are fun.


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