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World Reading Stats


My thanks to Allen & Unwin for this informative and fascinating overview of world reading trends. It’s so intriguing to see who’s reading what, and to view reading demographics across the world.


Author: Dina Ross

Dina is a writer, reviewer, journalist and broadcaster. It goes without saying that she loves books. Her blog, Books Now! can be viewed on and offers news, reviews and interviews with writers from around the corner to across the world.

8 thoughts on “World Reading Stats

  1. I love how the Russians get TWO categories to themselves! The rest of us need to STEP UP. 😉

  2. Looks fascinating but will have to look better when I get home to me laptop. Image is hard to read properly on the iPad and for some reason can’t be clicked to see a larger version. Popularity of Detective and Fantasy is not surprising.

    • I tried to enlarge the image and make it clearer, but this was beyond my technical prowess, I’m afraid! Hopefully you’ll see it better on a bigger screen.

  3. That’s fascinating! A little depressing to see the UK down at the bottom, but not entirely surprising. Did they say whether they’re talking about reading books specifically, or just reading in general (i.e. including newspapers, blogs, etc)?

  4. Very interesting stats Dina. No surprise to see the Japan and South Korea so low down the list, most of them seem to spend almost their entire adult lives at work.

    There must be a lot of opportunities for publishers and authors in India at the moment.

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