Hmmm…all the earlier talk about the end of reading (especially hardcopy books) seems to be greatly exaggerated…
Indeed, the National Arts Council (NAC) ran a survey involving more than a thousand people (citizens and permanent residents) 15 and above which showed otherwise.
- Approximately 30% of the sample purchased a minimum of 1 book in the last year (2014).
- “1 in 4 readers read literary books by Singaporean writers. Around 2 in 5 readers cited lack of awareness of Singapore writers as one of the key reasons for not reading Singapore literature.”
- 59% read for pleasure and relaxation!
- 44% read a literary book in the last year (2014).
For more information:
Singaporeans Have an Interest in Literary Books – Inaugural National Literary Reading and Writing Survey 2015 Shows. (11 Mar 2016). https://www.nac.gov.sg/media-resources/press-releases/National-Literary-Reading-and-Writing-Survey-2015-Press-Release. Singapore. National Arts Council.
May Seah. (15 Mar 2016). S’poreans still prefer physical books, survey shows. http://www.todayonline.com/singapore/literary-survey-singapore-readers-prefer-physical-books?singlepage=true. Singapore. TODAY.