Most Russians Prefer Buying Books to Downloading Them Free

More than half of Russians prefer to buy books rather than download them for free, TASS reports with reference to a study conducted by the Rambler&Co media holding.  

According to the authors of the study, more than half of the Russians surveyed (52 per cent) prefer legal methods of reading books, namely buying them in stores or on websites (32 per cent), as well as using book exchange (20 per cent). Also, 43 per cent of respondents check before buying if there is a free version of the book needed on the Internet, and 5 per cent are even subscribed to online book services.

Besides, the majority of Russians surveyed (75 per cent of respondents) claim that they read about two books a month; 16 per cent of respondents read four or more books a month, and 9 per cent read 3-4 books a month.

Moreover, experts have found that fiction is in the lead in terms of reader demand (25 per cent). It is followed by popular science literature (15 per cent), modern and classical literature (13 per cent each), domestic literature (12 per cent), foreign literature (11 per cent), and educational literature (11 per cent).

The survey results showed that the majority of Russians (55 per cent) choose paper books. Electronic versions are read by 26 per cent of respondents, and audiobooks by 7 per cent. At the same time, 11 per cent use all available formats choosing them depending on the specific work of literature.

In addition, experts have found out how much money Russians spend on buying books. Thus, according to the survey results, 63 per cent of respondents spend about 300 rubles a month on books, 14 per cent of readers pay from 500 to 1,000 rubles, 13 per cent from 300 to 500 rubles, and 10 per cent spend more than 1,000 rubles a month.

Ru-Main, 11.08.2021 

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