Which Country Reads the Most?

2006 NYC 96724309I recently ran across an article on eBookBargainsUK that identified the top 30 countries that spend the most time reading. Are you ready for this? The US came in at #22. The UK is at #26. I don’t know about you guys, but I was surprised. Everyone I know reads–a lot. Of course, I do live in the Pacific Northwet. There’s nothing better than curling up with a great book when it’s raining and gray and all nasty outside. But still…

Here’s the list (click on this link for the rest of the article):

Average time spent reading each week.

1. India — 10 hours, 42 minutes
2. Thailand — 9:24
3. China — 8:00
4. Philippines — 7:36
5. Egypt — 7:30
6. Czech Republic — 7:24
7. Russia — 7:06
8. Sweden — 6:54
8. France — 6:54
10. Hungary — 6:48
10. Saudi Arabia — 6:48
12. Hong Kong — 6:42
13. Poland — 6:30
14. Venezuela — 6:24
15. South Africa — 6:18
15. Australia — 6:18
17. Indonesia — 6:00
18. Argentina — 5:54
18. Turkey — 5:54
20. Spain — 5:48
20. Canada — 5:48
22. Germany — 5:42
22. USA — 5:42
24. Italy — 5:36
25. Mexico — 5:30
26. U.K. — 5:18
27. Brazil — 5:12
28. Taiwan — 5:00
29. Japan — 4:06
30. Korea — 3:06

Interesting, huh?


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8 responses to “Which Country Reads the Most?

  • Judy Esposito

    That surprises me too.My whole family reads and most of my friends too. I live in Pa. and we have those winter days but also lovely summer days to curl up on a shady porch to read. Just cannot inmagine a day without reading my nook.


  • Jeri Walker-Bickett (@JeriWB)

    As a former English teacher in a small school district in southern Idaho, this does not surprise me at all. Reading is not seen as a “cool” thing to do by most teenagers, and it’s often a direct reflection on their parents. It was always possible to pinpoint the students who came from households that valued books because they would always (without fail) be the better readers and thinkers in all the classes I’ve taught. Every time I assigned To Kill a Mockingbird, two or three students in six classes in a day would flat out state, “You can not make me read that.” And they didn’t.


    • dvberkom

      That breaks my heart, Jeri. Kids who don’t read are missing SO much. Gah. It must have been difficult as a teacher to deal with that. I’m so thankful my mother read to me and my sister, and taught us how to do it ourselves early on.


  • Mel Parish

    This doesn’t surprise me either. I’ve been an avid reader all my life, but my four siblings aren’t and neither were my parents. We had relatively few books at home and most of them were mine, gifts at Christmas and birthday. Everything else I read came from the library or school, and I have to say that as a teen the choice of reading at school was enough to put anyone off! Ironically, my love of reading meant I looked forward to the day when English Literature became a separate class at school rather than just part of English only to find that I hated it. I wanted to get lost in the world of the story that the author had created, not ponder what he/she might have meant by every sentence. I’m not at all surprised that so many kids are turned off.

    Very few of my close friends read for fun and while my husband and his six siblings do like to read, they read mostly non-fiction. Fortunately, I have passed on my love of books to my daughter!


    • dvberkom

      Agree about the English-lit class, Mel. Totally ruined it for me 😀 Kind of like how, now that I’m a novelist, I read differently than when I wasn’t. Same goes for movies, too. I mercilessly pick ’em apart, which obviously destroys a lot of the magic. I have learned to keep comments to myself in theaters, though…


  • Polly Iyer

    Interesting. I have an Indian husband, and he doesn’t read at all. I’d venture a guess, and it’s only a guess, that many of the books Indians read are Indiacentric, if that’s a word, or scientific technical books, which is why they excel at the sciences. Nevertheless, they read, and that’s the point.


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