Those with little to no books under their belts say they just don't have time to read, or head to the internet for information, rather than books. Past studies have paralleled this, blaming the internet, movies and TV for a lack of enthusiasm for literature. Most of the people we spoke to were not surprised to hear one in four Americans never picked up a book in 2006.
"I don't find it surprising," says Peter Marsh, an English Literature major, "I think we're a fairly illiterate nation, considering our wealth."
There are plenty of avid readers out there, though. According to the study, they're mostly female or elderly. The most read books last year? According to the AP study -- the Bible and other religious books.