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One in five Bulgarians do not read books

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People aged 40 to 65 are the most active readers in Bulgaria. One in five Bulgarians has not read a single book during the year, indicates a national survey on reading attitudes among Bulgarian citizens conducted by the Bulgarian Book Association.  

“Interest in reading is lowest with people in the 15 to 30 age bracket,” Maya Bobeva from the association said for the BNR. “The stiffest competition to reading comes from TV shows and googling information. Twenty whole percent of the respondents say they have not read a single book in the past year, many of them do not have a single book at home,” she says, and adds that there is one hopeful sign – that 83% of the respondents who are parents say they read to their children. 

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