It’s the time of year when all eyes are on reading and our relationship with books. World Book Day 2021 may catch attention for the fabulous costumes it produces as children dress up as their favourite fictional characters.

But as technology gets ever more sophisticated, where does that leave our reading habits in 2021? You could be forgiven for thinking books’ days may be numbered, but according to a new study, that’s not quite the case.

According to the study by online printer cartridge and home stationery supplier Cartridge People, while one in five people in the UK said they now take in a book via a screen, 72% of people in the UK still prefer to read a hard copy of a book as opposed to using an e-reader, tablet or listening to an audiobook.

According to the findings of the survey, which polled 1,000 people,  in 2021 41% of Brits are reading books for less than one hour a week on average but more than one in ten are reading for more than 14 hours, proving that reading is still a pastime for many.

Reading was also proven not to be the preserve of the older generations, with the study finding that 11% of 18-34 year olds admitted to reading for more than 14 hours a week whilst only 7% of over 65s enjoyed books for over 14 hours on a weekly basis.

Commenting on the study, Cartridge People Marketing Manager Louise Laurie said: “It’s clear to see that the events of the last year have had an impact on the reading habits of Brits.

“What is telling is the changing way we’re choosing to enjoy books with the emergence of audiobooks.”