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

April 28, 2011 |  1:40 pm


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

Photo: Reading Thomas Pynchon in Malibu. Credit: Clinton Steedsvia Flickr