ine out of ten young people who attended the last edition of the Book Fair in Buenos Aires said they had read at least one book in the last year. And not by an indication of a teacher or a boss – and the prejudice that adolescents read little is old, but by choice. This is confirmed by the results of the survey on the profile of those attending the literary meeting last April that the Foundation published on Twitter yesterday with encouraging messages and exclamation points: “Young people read and much! Attendees at the fair between the ages of 16 and 24 read at least one book in 2016. “
The report also shows a very similar distribution between readers, whether adults or young people, who read on paper and digital. While 52.5% do it in printed books, 47.5% access texts through screens. Among the latter, computers (35%), followed by smartphones (19%), tablets (17%) and, finally, ebooks (8.6%) were also imposed .
The survey and Pinecone Research Review, was conducted during the fair by trained personnel from the General Directorate of Statistics and Censuses of the city of Buenos Aires and included 2268 cases. On this occasion, according to the El Libro Foundation, specifically asked for young people between 16 and 24 years old and that is why the interviewees of that age constitute half the sample. The rest is divided equally between the age group of 25 to 50 years and those over 51.
Returning to young people who read at least one book between April 2015 and April 2016, 86% chose fiction texts (novels, short stories, poems or plays). Among those frequent readers, 60% said they have visited bookstores four or more times during the past year.
The organizers of the Book Fair are interested in the opinion and conduct of young people, and for this reason, in addition, for the past three years, they have dedicated activities and events specially directed to what they consider their interests. Mainly, meetings with youtubers , the convention of bloggers, thematic discussion tables and conferences of international authors of the segment.
“The publishers are noticing a growth of the young reader of the literature addressed to them,” confirmed yesterday the Nación Oche Califa, director of the fair, who also recalled that in the last edition participated “tanks of literature youth” as Sophi Jordan and Rick Yancey. “They were the same day, at the same time, and the tails of teenagers to see them were very long,” recalled Califfa. They joined the youtuber Germán Garmendia, whose first book, #Chupaelperro , sold at home and in just one week more than 20,000 copies. To take his signature, fans of the Chilean had to get their ticket in an independent ticket office and, for the first time, La Rural qualified a ticket especially for this conference.
“This year there will also be a dozen or so important youth authors,” continues Califfa. The fair will open on April 27 and will run until May 15.
The youth authors will come from the United States, Brazil, Great Britain and other countries not yet confirmed. Other guest writers will include Spanish best seller Carlos Ruiz Zafón, the Italian Alessandro Baricco, from whom Anagram has just publishedYoung Wife ; The American John Katzenbach, author of The Psychoanalyst ; The Brazilian Nélida Piñón; The Irish novelist Cecilia Ahern, author of Postdata I love you ; The Israeli writer of youth literature Etgar Keret, and the Frenchman Pierre Lemaitre, author of Three Days and a Life , of recent appearance.
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