reader-ship

readership

[ree-der-ship]
noun
1.
the people who read or are thought to read a particular book, newspaper, magazine, etc.: The periodical has a dwindling readership.
2.
the duty, status, or profession of a reader.
3.
(especially in British universities) the position of instructor or lecturer.
4.
the state or quality of being a reader: appealing to a higher level of readership.

Origin:
1710–20; reader + -ship

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readership (ˈriːdəʃɪp)
 
n
1.  all the readers collectively of a particular publication or author: a readership of five million; Dickens's readership
2.  chiefly (Brit) the office, position, or rank of university reader

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