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Quarter of polled Kazakhstan citizens do not read books

11 july 2012, 17:24
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©REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis
©REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis
One quarter of the polled Kazakhstan citizens do not read books, Tengrinews.kz reports citing the poll held by the Institute of Political Solutions (IPS).

The poll on how frequently and what Kazakhstan citizens read was held in June 2012 among 2,307 people from 16 cities of Kazakhstan. The majority of polled residents (40.1 percent) read several books a year. 21.6 percent of respondents read 1 to 3 books a year and 13.3 percent read books every day. 15.1 percent of the poll participants confessed that they had not read any book in the last year and 9.9 percent are not fond of reading at all. Thus, the “not-reading” reading part made almost a quarter.

The sociologists also calculated that women read more than man (77.6 percent vs. 71.7 percent). Besides, the sociologists defined “the most reading” cities of Kazakhstan, according to the “read every day” answers. Petropavlovsk (in northern Kazakhstan) turned out to be the leader (22.5 percent respondents). It is followed by Almaty (19 percent) and Astana (18.9 percent). The least reading cities include Taraz, where 19.9 percent respondents chose “never liked reading” answer. It is followed by Kostanai with 18.2 percent and Atyrau with 16.7 percent.

According to the poll, the majority of Kazakhstan citizens read detective stories (16.6 percent respondents), historical novels (11.5 percent) and romance novels (10.6 percent). The citizens are almost equally interested in hobby books and business literature (7.4 percent each) and Kazakh classics (7.3 percent). Scientific literature and foreign classics (6.4 percent each) and biographies, including memoirs/opinion journalism (5.4 percent) are of less interest to Kazakhstan citizens. Fantasy (4.1 percent), children books (3.7 percent), Russian classics (3.4 percent) and poetry (3 percent) are the books least read by the polled citizens.

Despite of high penetration of the Internet in Kazakhstan, printed books remain the most preferable format: it is preferred by 75.2 percent of respondents. Practically every fifth respondent (18.9 percent) downloads books from the Web. 5.9 percent of polled citizens prefer audiobooks.

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