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The Book and Readers in Germany

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • DIVO, Frankfurt
Publication Date
  • DIVO, Frankfurt (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Communication, Public Opinion, Media
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Leisure, tourism and sport
    • Time use
    • Mass media
  • Abstract

    Motives for reading and reading habits of the population. Topics: Book possession and manner of acquisition of books; role of the book in the consciousness of the individual; characterization of readers and non-readers of books (semantic differential); knowledge of and membership in book clubs; characterization of members of a book club (semantic differential); purchase of paperback books; use of libraries; preferred presentation of book and book cover; interest in television; extent and structuring of leisure time as well as occupation and housework; use of reference books and lexicons. Demography: age (classified); sex; marital status; occupation; employment; income; household income; state; possession of durable economic goods. Interviewer rating: social class of respondent; weekday of interview; city size.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1964-05 / 1964-07
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
    FRG without West Berlin
Sampled Universe
Age: 18-79.
Sampling Procedure Comment: Two-stage random selection
Collection Mode
  • Oral survey with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 1729
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA0212 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Meyer-Dohm, Peter; Strauss, Wolfgang (Hrsg.): Buch und Leser in Deutschland: Eine Untersuchung des DIVO-Instituts Frankfurt am Main, bearbeitet von Maria-Rita Girardi, Lothar Karl Neffe und Herbert Steiner. Gütersloh: Bertelsmann Verlag 1965

Update Metadata: 2020-10-20 | Issue Number: 90 | Registration Date: 2010-07-21

DIVO, Frankfurt (1966): Buch und Leser in Deutschland. Version: 1.0.0. GESIS Datenarchiv. Dataset.