In anticipation of book week, the CSO published data of the sociological research devoted to the relationship of the «people of the book», as they call the Jews, with the products of book publishers.
According to the Central Bureau of statistics, 29% of Israelis aged 16 to 65 years old do not read books. Only 21% of respondents said that they read every day.
About 40% of Israelis aged 16 to 65 years open a book at least once a week. This figure was slightly above the average of data in OECD countries. The number of reading of the people Israel is in 14th place out of 28. By this measure, the Israelites were overtaken by the Russians (44,9%), German residents (42.8 per cent) and Czech Republic (42.3 percent). But the readers are residents of the UK and New Zealand, where books like about half of the population.
In addition, the survey found that women read more than men. About 47% of Israeli women open a book at least once a week. Among men, the figure is 34%.
A high salary has a positive effect on the love of reading. Among those earning more than 17 thousand shekels a month, do not read the books about 15% of respondents. This figure increases to 35% with salaries ranging from 4.000 to 5.999 shekels. However, sociologists emphasize that in both the categories remains the same percentage of those who read at least once a week.
Among Israelis, for whom the native is Arabic, not read books about 49%.