Who Is The Person Most Likely to Read a Book?…a Black Woman

Okay, even I have to admit this news surprised me. Not because I believe the falsehood that black people don’t read, but because I was not aware of just how much we read.

According to the Pew Research Center, if you live in an urban area, are college educated, a black woman, and are between the ages of 18-29, then you, my friend, are the most likely person to pick up a book in America.

I first head this statistic mentioned by Dawn Davis, the head of Simon and Schuster’s 37 Ink Print, and when she was quoted in The Root as saying that African-American women are the largest group of readers in the country, I did a double-take and had to check out the statistics for myself.

Although this statistic was printed for January 2014 at the PRC, I could not find any updated statistics on Pew to contradict this finding for 2016.

imgresWell, black women, we matter; of course, we’ve always mattered, but maybe now, more than ever, we can show we matter in the world of publishing.

I hope to see two things happen in publishing. First, I want to see black women become a viable force as editors and publishers at publishing houses (heck, it would be nice to see us owning a few publishing house, too).

And secondly, I hope to see black authors producing more quality books.

Black women are hungry  for stories. And while I know there is a lot of garbage out there, and that we  sometimes pick up books that are available to us(not many of them of high quality value in regards to encouraging our emotional, spiritual, economic and psychological health) yet, nonetheless, I hope this will be a time time when more and more black female authors get on their keyboards, and start churning out quality stories for their sisters en masse.

And naturally, I dream of being one of those such authors.


A. Yamina Collins,author of The Last King


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Shekhar chugh says: December 11, 2016 at 7:33 am

Can you share some curious points that make us to read this book i.e. black woman?

    A. Yamina Collins says: December 11, 2016 at 3:08 pm


    I don’t know why black women read more books than say, white women.But I do know that according to the pew research data women read more than men in general, and college-educated people read more than non-college educated. So clearly there is growing number of college-educated black women who are putting in some heavy read time, but I don’t know why.