Characteristics, preferences and motivation of avid non-fiction readers

Margaret Kristin Merga (School of Education, Murdoch University, Murdoch, Australia)
Saiyidi Mat Roni (School of Business and Law, Edith Cowan University, Joondalup, Australia)

Collection and Curation

ISSN: 2514-9326

Publication date: 3 April 2018

Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to provide insights into the characteristics of avid non-fiction book readers, exploring their typical demographic characteristics in relation to reading volume and frequency. It also investigates their comparative library usage in relation to avid fiction readers, as well as their motivation to read, and barriers to reading. Findings from the subset of self-identified avid non-fiction readers from the 2015 International Study of Avid Book Readers are interrogated to provide insights into this under-researched group.

Design/methodology/approach

The authors have used a single-stage mixed-methods approach, using data from both qualitative and quantitative items in an international survey.

Findings

The quantitative data analysis of this study suggests that avid non-fiction book readers were more likely to be men and older than avid fiction readers, and that they also tended to read less frequently, though avid non-fiction readers tended to read a greater volume of books. Avid fiction readers reported greater library usage, and thus unsurprisingly were found to have a greater borrowing tendency than non-fiction readers. Our qualitative findings around reading motivation identified a range of recurrent themes. The authors also found three key barriers to reading: time, book access and concentration.

Originality/value

The findings of this study provide unique insights into the characteristics, preferences and motivation of avid non-fiction readers, with the relationship between pleasure and the reading of non-fiction of particular interest.

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Citation

Merga, M. and Mat Roni, S. (2018), "Characteristics, preferences and motivation of avid non-fiction readers", Collection and Curation, Vol. 37 No. 2, pp. 50-59. https://doi.org/10.1108/CC-05-2017-0019

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