According to a World Culture Score Index the country where people read the most is India. Indians, on average, read 10 hours and 42 minutes per person per week. When you consider that there are probably a fair few people in India still unable to read, that means there are people there doing a serious amount of reading. Thailand follows with 9.24 hours per person, then China with 8 hours. Click here to see this data in graphic form.
Australia is down in 15th place with only 6.18 hours (below Saudi Arabia) and yet Australians are the highest per capita buyers of books in the English-speaking world (are Aussies buying lots of books, and just not reading them?). Americans buy the greatest number of e-books (but only 75% of adult Americans actually read a book last year – isn’t that depressing!), while China publishes more books per year than any other country. Evidently the median number of books read by a person in a year is 6 (Heavens, that’s about 2 weeks reading for me!), but the average was 15 books a year. The national average needs to be improved, in my opinion, so find a book, open the cover and sit down and do your best to improve these vital statistics.
Statistics are also showing that reading is extremely good for your health and longevity. 30 minutes of reading per day can increase your life by 6 years, and just think how many more books you can read in another 6 years of life.
How many books would you read in a year? What are your ideas for improving our national reading average? Share your comments below.
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