From Miss Snark
The average book buyer in the United States buys fewer than ten books a year. Most people READ fewer than ten books a year. You can see from my link to library thing I've read 30 books this year alone, and that doesn't count the slush pile, the novels I read from my submission list, the novels from my clients or doghelpus the Writing Contest Novella y'all produced for me.
Umm, I've read 42 as of April 20, 2006. I haven't bought most of them, but it's 4x as many as most will read. That terrifies me.