Study Shows Dip in Prominence of Female Characters in Novels

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A study recently published in the Journal of Cultural Analytics shows that the prominence of female characters in novels and the number of female novelists declined between 1800 and 1960. Male authors were “remarkably resistant to giving women more than a third of the character-space in their stories,” according to the researchers. (more…)

Gosh Darn It! Study Shows More Cussing in American Books

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There’s a significant increase in the use of swear words in American books, a sign that Americans are more accepting of taboo words, according to a recent study. The research showed that books published between 2005 and 2008 were 28 times more likely to include cussing than books published in the early 1950s. (more…)

Study: Reading Completion Rate Correlates with Reader’s Age

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Finishing a book depends a great deal on a reader’s age, according to a study by Jellybooks. In most cases, completion rates were higher for readers under 35 and those older than 45. Readers between those two groups had the lowest completion rate. (more…)

NEA Survey: More Women and Older Americans Read Literature for Pleasure

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Women and adults belonging to the 65-74 age bracket are the most active readers of literature in America, according to a new survey by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). (more…)

Pew Study: Most Readers Prefer Print over Digital Books

folsom-library-malereader1-cindyfazzipicMore people are using smartphones and tablets to read books, but a majority of readers prefer traditional print books over digital formats, according to a recent study by Pew Research Center. (more…)

Want to Live Longer? Reading a Book Will Help

Read Poster Photo-Cindy FazziThe keys to healthy living and longevity may soon include read more books, judging by the results of a recent study. (more…)

Study Shows Readers Judge a Book by its Cover

BooksandtoteContrary to the saying that we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, readers, in fact, pick books and form expectations based on covers, according to a study by Jellybooks. (more…)

Study Shows Men Give Up on Books Sooner than Women

Folsom Library-Malereader-CindyFazziPicMen decide faster than women about books they like,  according to a study by Jellybooks. The research showed men give up after 20 to 30 pages if they don’t like a book. (more…)

New Study: Books Empower Readers to Do Positive Things

A new study concluded that books boost a reader’s sense of self-worth.

A new study concluded that books boost a reader’s sense of self-worth.

For book lovers everywhere, the sheer pleasure of reading is motivation enough for them. Those who are less inclined to read should listen up! A new study revealed that books empower readers to take positive actions, such as traveling, starting a new hobby, and even getting over a break-up. (more…)

New Report Shows How Much Time Americans Spend Reading

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According to the report, older Americans read more than the young ones; women read more than men.

How much time do you spend reading for pleasure? If you’re like most Americans, it’s probably about 32 to 34 minutes a day. That’s according to a recent report by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. (more…)