Always amazed when traveling to Europe or to the US with the number of people you see at the airports, or on trains/buses, reading, I wondered the percentage of people in these countries that actually read books. Today I saw a text by the Seattle Times editor on this subject with the alarming figures that only 47% of Americans "read a work of literature - a novel, short story, play or poem - within the previous year". It seems to have dropped 7 points in the last 10 years and they are trying to fight that. Although any decrease is worrying, it is still pretty substantial figure. I wonder what would be the result of the same report on developing countries, where you can noticeably see that people don't read in general.
Although I confess I am reading more non-fiction literature, fortunately I am part of the group that read a work of literate the previous year.