1) N-COUNT: usu sing, usu with supp The readership of a book, newspaper, or magazine is the number or type of people who read it.

Its readership has grown to over 15,000 subscribers...

A new format would alienate its ageing readership without attracting young readers.

2) N-COUNT In Britain, a readership is the post of a reader at a university.

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