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ERIC Number: ED010754
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1965-Sep
Pages: 113
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: N/A
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ADULT BOOK READING IN THE UNITED STATES, A PRELIMINARY REPORT.
ENNIS, PHILIP H.
THE FINDINGS OF A PILOT STUDY OF THE PERSONAL USE OF BOOKS BY ADULTS IN THE UNITED STATES AND OF THE FACTORS WHICH INFLUENCE THEIR READING ARE PRESENTED. CHAPTER I, "READING--A PERSONAL VIEW," PRESENTS EXCERPTS OF INTERVIEWS WITH BUSINESSMEN, HOUSEWIVES, AND STUDENTS OF THE CHICAGO AREA WHO WERE CHOSEN AT RANDOM AND WHO WERE WILLING TO SPEND SEVERAL HOURS TALKING ABOUT THE INFLUENCE OF BOOKS IN THEIR LIVES. CHAPTER II, "PATTERNS OF READING--QUANTITATIVE," ILLUSTRATES AND ANALYZES THE VARIOUS COMBINATIONS OF EXPERIENCES IN CHILDHOOD AND ADULT LIFE WHICH EITHER DRAW PEOPLE TO BOOK READING OR PREVENT THEM FROM BECOMING BOOK READERS. THE AMOUNT OF READING, SOURCES OF BOOKS, EDUCATION AND INCOME DIFFERENCES, AND TYPES OF READING PREFERRED ARE A FEW OF THE MANY READING INFLUENCES DISCUSSED. CHAPTER III, "THE AVAILABILITY OF BOOKS," DOCUMENTS THE VARIATION AMONG COMMUNITIES IN BOOK AVAILABILITY AND CONSIDERS THE PROBLEMS OF ASSEMBLING AND INTERPRETING THE DATA REQUIRED FOR SUCH DOCUMENTATION. THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS ARE DISCUSSED--(1) WHAT ARE THE COMPONENTS OF THE BOOK AVAILABILITY CONCEPT, (2) HOW DO COMMUNITIES VARY IN BOOK AVAILABILITY, (3) WHAT DIFFERENCES IN BOOK READING RESULT FROM THESE VARIATIONS, AND (4) WHAT ACCOUNTS FOR THE DIFFERENCES IN SUPPLIES OF BOOKS IN VARIOUS COMMUNITIES. EXAMPLES OF QUESTIONNAIRE WORDINGS USED, TABLES SHOWING BOOK AVAILABILITY, A GRAPH ILLUSTRATING THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN BOOK AND STATIONERY STORE SALES AND BOOKSTORE SALES, AND A LIST OF THE CITIES INVOLVED IN THE NATIONAL OPINION RESEARCH CENTER'S 1946 LIBRARY STUDY ARE APPENDED. (RH)
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Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Opinion Research Center, Chicago, IL.
Identifiers: Illinois (Chicago)