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Original scientific paper

Reading habits during the COVID-19 pandemic in Osijek-Baranja County

Srđan Lukačević orcid id ; City and University Library Osijek
Kornelija Petr Balog orcid id ; Faculty of humanities and social sciences, Department of information sciences
Dino Radmilović ; City and University Library Osijek

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and reduced opportunities to consume and participate in other cultural events and activities, one of the cultural activities for which it is the assumption that it could gain more attention in this situation is precisely the library and publishing activity. The aim of this paper is to determine whether this is indeed the case. This study evaluates reading habits and whether respondents, due to a pandemic, “reasoning,” and suddenly gained extra time and lack of other activities, devoted themselves to reading and set aside more time for the book. Were they burdened with news related to the coronavirus and decided to make up for the time when they didn't have time for books and reading?! The paper investigates whether reading habits have changed as a result of the pandemic, how much and whether reading has increased in 2020 compared to 2019, and whether and how much interest in electronic and audio books has increased. The research partly was performed by the method of online survey and the analysis of data by processing and by interpreting its results. Total of 827 people over the age of 15 from Osijek-Baranja County were included in the survey in the period from February 15th to March 1st 2021.


COVID-19, reading, reading habits, Osijek-Baranja County

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