Thirty-two percent of Israelis have not read a book in the past year, and 27% of them completely refrain from reading books and spend 14 hours a week watching television and 14 hours surfing the internet, according to a new survey released ahead of the Sapir Prize ceremony awarding a work of fine literature.
The survey revealed that 10% of Israelis are defined "bookworms", read a book at any available moment and spend more than 11 hours a week reading books.
Forty-two percent read about once a month or whenever they get the chance, while 20% find the time to read books at least once a week and perhaps even more often.
Thirty-one percent of the readers prefer books written by Israeli authors, 27% favor translated literature, 40% read both types of books equally, and 2% did not answer the question.
The survey was conducted by Shiluv – Marketing Research and Strategic Planning among 505 Israelis aged 18 and older.