Wednesday, August 7, 2013

World Readers...Where do You Fit In?

Article by Carolyn Kellog, published July 2, 2013 in Los Angeles Times online
How many hours a week do you read?

If it's 10 hours or more, you might try moving to India -- you'll be among your people. According to this infographic, Indians spend more time reading books than the residents of any other nation. Each week, the average Indian reads for 10 hours, 42 minutes.

[Edit]: Canadians were tied with Spain for 21st in rankings with 5 hours: 48 minutes spent reading.  This is just a few minutes more than nearby American readers.

The big reading nations, after India, are Thailand (9 hours, 24 minutes), China (8 hours), the Philippines (7 hours, 36 minutes), Egypt (7.5 hours) and the Czech Republic (7 hours, 24 minutes).

Of the 30 nations surveyed, Koreans spent the least time reading: 3 hours, 16 minutes each week.

The data comes from the World Culture Score Index from a survey of 30,000 people worldwide.

Since the survey was taken in late 2004 and early 2005, it would be interesting to see if, and how, any of those measures changed.
The infographic was created by Russia Behind the Headlines and spotted by Publishing Perspectives.

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