Zhejiang residents read 13.4 books per capita in 2021
The comprehensive reading rate of Zhejiang residents has risen for the past three years, reaching 91.0 percent in 2021, up 0.6 percentage points over 2020, according to a new report recently released by authorities in East China's Zhejiang province.
According to the report, the reading rate of paper books and digital content had increased compared with the previous year, while the reading rate of paper newspapers and periodicals declined. During the same period, the per capita reading volume of books by residents was 13.4, an increase of 3.3 over the previous year.
The average daily reading time of residents was 67.7 minutes, which was basically the same as the previous year. Meanwhile, 32.5 percent of residents read more than one hour a day, a slight increase over the previous year.
In addition, 90.5 percent of residents believe that reading is important to personal development, a slight increase from the previous year. Among the respondents, 90.9 percent read using mobile phones. Mobile reading has now become the main way for Zhejiang residents to read. Residents also have a high satisfaction rate for reading facilities, though the proportion of those participating in various reading activities was relatively low due to the pandemic.