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Who Are the Biggest Bookworms in the World?

July 2, 2013 | by


This infographic on hours spent reading per week is fascinating.




  1. H | July 2, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    Really? Only 1,600 respondents from around the world?

  2. Enrique Sosa | July 2, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    ¿How many respondents in each country?
    Terrible methodology.

  3. Fiona Moore | July 2, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    Sorry flawed methodology. 1000 respondents, No correlation with numbers of respondents per country. Also statistics at the bottom only broken down for Russia. Doubt the average 16 yr old reads more Russian classics than Fantasy, Crime or Romance.

  4. Roy Stedall-Humphryes | July 2, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    I know Spaniards admire authors but as to whether they are the biggest bookworms, who knows. Speaking for myself, I read very few novels, I just do historical research and write

  5. David Bogdanoff | July 2, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    Brazil has an approximate 50% illiteracy rate and the general lack of interest in reading is very evident from casual observation of life styles. The weekly
    5:12 hours of reading, almost as much as advanced countries like the UK and ahead of Japan simply cannot be accurate. From having lived in the country, I doubt that they read 5 hours per year. So the methodology is way off. Might consider book sales per capita.

  6. NaOH | July 2, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    Data is obviously wrong. Mexican readers spending more hours bookworming than Japanese or Korean ones? As a Mexican living in Mexico, here we all know that in our country the average read is less than one book per person per year.

  7. praveer | July 3, 2013 at 4:41 am

    as an Indian living in India, I can’t trust this survey. This is heavily flawed.

  8. Mamie | July 3, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    Um, what about the Nordic countries? This survey lacks credibility.

  9. xmarisolx | July 3, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    This os so obviously flawed it wasn’t worth the time to even publish it. I hate to seem to condescend to Mexicans but it’s hard to even find a book store and illiteracy (much less alliteracy)is common plus, Russian classics really make up that much of the pie? I know Russia isa large country and many of its satellite mains have Russian speaking populations, but even so that number is ridiculously high.

  10. iddqd | July 3, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    @H: Those are two different data sets. World map is based on World Culture Score Index. But still not much better: “…more than 30,000 people age 13 and older in 30 countries between December 2004 and February 2005. The data are weighted to the sampled population in each country.”

  11. Joyce | July 3, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    Basically, if it’s on paper, I read it. And read and read and read and read . . .

  12. Kes | July 7, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    As another Mexican living in Mexico, you’ll need a nation-wide average. Some parts of Mexico City could sky-rocket numbers, but some parts of Chiapas and Oaxaca would leave negative numbers. I suppose this is true for many other countries and such a small number of participants make the survey irrelevant.

  13. Jack Owen | July 9, 2013 at 8:00 am

    Typo Alert: SHOULD Read: APRIL 1 ;^}

  14. Lucas Ferraço Nassif | November 26, 2013 at 11:31 pm

    Answering to David Bogdanoff:

    David, I don’t agree with the term “advanced” country…thats very sad to read. And, just check statistics about how much time brazilian are using the internet. No books (physical, at least) but reading! And 50% illiteracy? Those are the numbers?

  15. abyssbrain | February 14, 2015 at 4:15 am

    This is a total BS…

  16. Houman | May 18, 2015 at 12:10 pm

    The data sampling methodology lacks enough accurate data. A sharp high school student could do a better research by considering easy data index, e.g., amount of novels sold/population

  17. Jan | June 11, 2015 at 9:41 am

    Sorry but this survey is a bloody nonsense.
    UK publishes 184000 new titles and editions per year for population of 64 mln. India publishes 90000 titles for population of 1.2 bln. ( 1200 mln)

  18. Jan | June 11, 2015 at 9:46 am

    There are more books published in London than in entire Muslim world.

  19. Frisa | September 16, 2015 at 6:07 am

    LOL this survey is totally bullshit. Indonesians spend 6h/week for book? Hell, the fact says the other way around. Indonesians don’t like reading books so much. Its number is still low. My bf, parents, friends don’t spend their 6h/week for reading but I spend more than 10h/week for book because Imma truly bookworm. Plus people don’t read Russian classics. They don’t even know who Leo Tolstoy is. Not even sure they ever hear this name. This survey is so irrelevant

  20. Rodrigo von Kruger | March 10, 2016 at 10:59 pm

    I do believe that Brazil is in the low tear of bookworms. However, unlike David, who is very out of touch with reality, I can safely say that Brazil literacy rate is quite a lot higher than 50%. David if you did not like living in Brazil, say so… But please don’t write lies in the internet.

  21. hanji | March 12, 2016 at 1:22 am

    bowshit , chinese people don’t read at all

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