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60% of adult Bulgarians still read books

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The Spring Book Fair opened in Sofia on May 24 to celebrate the Day of Culture, Education and Bulgarian Literature. It will run until June 2. According to a 2023 survey by Alpha Research Agency and the Observatory for the Economics of Culture, 70% of adult Bulgarians have never visited a library and 40% have never read a book. On a positive note, 60% of people in the country are still readers.

The number of titles available to book lovers is also on the rise. In 2012, there were 1,942 books out of print, while in 2022, this number increased to 3,075. There has been a significant increase in the number of titles for children and young adults, from 136 titles in 2012 to 450 in 2022. There has also been growth in both translated and original literature, with the number of history and biography titles alone increasing from 423 in 2012 to 694 in 2022.

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