What We Read (Book Community Census results 2)

The second set of results to be released from the Book Community Census (read the first one – This is Us – here) is about what and how we read!

We read predominantly…

91% of respondents read Young Adult fiction; that’s no surprise, given that this survey was predominantly publicised in YA circles. Again, this was a multiple choice question asking what age groups reviewers primarily read.

YA
(91%)
adult
(50%)
middle grade
(34%)
new adult
(26%)
non-fiction
(16%)
picture
(7%)

We like…

Popular genres included fantasy, with 80% of us reading, dystopian, with 79%, contemporary, with 74% and sci-fi, with 70%. 57% of us also read romance, with similar numbers for post-apocalyptic, coming of age and mystery. Crime is our least favourite genre, with only 25% saying they read crime fiction.

fantasy
(84%)
dystopian
(79%)
contemporary
(74%)
sci-fi
(70%)
romance
(57%)
crime
(25%)

Omitted: 56% post apocalyptic, 55% coming of age, 49% supernatural, 49% mystery, 45% action, 43% historical, 43% paranormal romance, 43% grahphic novels, 41% classics, 39% thrillers, 32% horror, 4% other.

We prefer…

Surprisingly, the majority favour paperbacks, though it’s a close call between that and hardback. eBooks are the favourite format for very few, though I suspect a lot more than 11% read eBooks (the question was based on preference, rather than reading habits).

paperbacks
(47%)
hardbacks
(42%)
eBooks
(11%)

When we read eBooks, we read them on our…

Interestingly, of those that read eBooks, only 51% read them on their dedicated eReaders; those without eReaders read eBooks on their smartphone and tablet. (multiple choice)

iPad
(24%)
paperwhite
(15%)
kindle fire
(12%)
laptop/desktop
(17%)
older kindle
(16%)

Remaining: 9% other, 9% Nook, 4% Kobo, 4% Kindle Touch, 1% Kindle Voyager.