I came across a really fascinating infographic created by the folks at Global English Editing. It’s an overview of reading habits around the world, and a quick snapshot of how 2020 looks when it comes to reading.
I was surprised to learn that the U.S. comes in 22nd when it comes to the “most reading” category. India is first, followed by Thailand, China, and the Philippines. But even though Americans are far down on the list of who reads the most, we’re in second place when it comes to publishing the most books, behind only China.
Unsurprisingly, physical books (hardcover and paperback combined) account for just over 70% of all books sold. That’s a lot! E-books are only 10% with all other formats making up the remaining 20%.
It appears coronavirus provided an unexpected silver lining for publishers, with 35% of the world’s population reporting they read more than usual this year, and 14% reporting they read “significantly more.”
While it’s sad that 27% of Americans report reading zero books in the last year, it’s pretty cool that the average (mean) number of books read by Americans is 12 per year, while the median (typical) number of books read is 4 per year. Interestingly, this number has remained stable since 2011.
There’s a lot more! Click over to the infographic to see for yourself.
Do any of these stats surprise you?