Although not as popular as a few years ago, infographics are still an entertaining and convenient way to share facts, ideas, figures, and mechanisms.
Our archive of infographics about books, libraries, and reading is continually growing, and we are excited to share with you the ones that met with the best reception from our friends, both on the blog and in social media.
Compared to 2016, which was full of fantastic infographics about libraries and librarians, this year is mainly about reading.
You will have a chance to learn about reading habits around the world, compare time spent with books vs. phone, or find lots of tips to make you a better and happier reader.
Let these tips make it into our lists of the New Year resolutions!
10 best book and library infographics of 2017
1. Reading a book versus using a phone
Aren’t you spending a little too much time on your smartphone? Aren’t you reaching for it a bit too often?
An infographic from Music Magpie shows how much time we spend on the phone monthly – and how many novels we could read instead.
On average the monthly time spent on certain phone activities reaches 120 hours. If you stopped using your phone entirely, you’d read 24 novels per month!
2. Seven steps to become a perfect reader
In times of information overload and web distractions of all kinds, we are fighting to find enough energy and determination to force our minds to focus on reading for as long as possible.
An infographic from Blinkist shares seven proven tips to become a better reader. It highlights key points from a classic guide to intelligent reading, , written by Mortimer J. Adler and Charles van Doren, and published in 1940.
3. What do we think about ebooks, as seen on Google
We hope the infographic that we created is worth putting in this overview. It tracks Google Instant suggestions for questions related to ebooks and is a great way to analyze how attitudes towards ebooks evolve.
Are we still afraid of ebooks? Which benefits are we most interested in? Which features are most needed? Are our attitudes towards digital books evolving?
In 2011, 2013, 2015, and 2017, we used Google web search to ask questions starting with four phrases – “will ebooks,” “are ebooks,” “can ebooks,” “do ebooks” – and getting top five Google Instant suggestions.
4. Who reads the most – a guide to global reading habits
Do you want to learn differences in reading habits and stats around the world? Take a look at the infographic released by Global English Editing. It’s one of the best book infographics of 2017.
The visual puts together facts and figures from several sources and can be a quick source of information if you are looking for information that compares reading stats in different countries across the globe.
You can also find here info about which countries read the most, ebooks statistics, global publishing figures, and biggest worldwide bestsellers.
5. The best and worst countries for book lovers
This visual created by Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies is a perfect supplement of the previous infographic.
The visual ranks 20 best and worst countries for book lovers measured by the number of libraries per 100,000 residents.
As you’ll see, Slovakia leads the way, with 138 libraries per 100,000 residents. The top 10 also includes Palau, Finland, and Belarus.
6. How long it takes to read 50 literary classics
In times when the time is the most crucial factor in deciding whether you’ll read a book or not, information how long would it take to finish it becomes almost as important.
This visual is one of our 2017 favorites. It collects data about how much time it takes to finish reading 50 of the most famous classic novels.
As much as 44 titles can be read until 10 hours each. The longest book on the bookshelf is Les Misérables by Victor Hugo. It has over 530 thousand words, and it will take almost 30 hours to finish it.
The second-longest novel is Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell, followed by Alexandre Dumas’ The Count of Monte Cristo.
7. Most iconic books set in 150 countries around the world
The book is the best-known way to travel to exciting places without leaving home.
This literary infographic – or rather a map – lists the most iconic book set in almost every country in the world.
In total, over 150 books are listed, from international bestsellers like The Three Musketeers (France), to the epic poem by Adam Mickiewicz, Pan Tadeusz (Poland), to Fuad al-Takarli’s classic The Long Way Back (Iraq).
8. Six tried-and-true ways to get more reading in your life
So, you won’t be able to read a book today? Too much work? Too tired to be able to focus? The evening booked for favorite TV shows (and you are not willing to deal with anything more complicated)?
Why not trying to replace excuses for not reading books with tips to get more reading in your life?
Take a look at the simple infographic created by Peabody Institute Library. It lists six tips to incorporate reading books into your daily routine.
9. How a word gets into the dictionary
Have you ever wondered why certain words get into the dictionary and others don’t?
Merriam-Webster comes with the answer: “A word gets into a dictionary when it is used by many people who all agree that it means the same thing.”
What’s very important, dictionary editors have to research how widely a new word is used. They search the web and databases to measure three criteria: frequent use, widespread use, and meaningful use.
The infographic, designed together with Grammarly, shows the fun of selecting new words.
10. Read books to become a superhuman
Books are a blessing for the brain and body. Powerful mind, a better understanding of the world and other people, reduced stress, increased creativity – all that you can achieve by picking up a book and reading it.
“So much is happening to your body when you read—from your head, all the way down to your little toes. It doesn’t seem obvious at all because all this action is happening within.”
Bonus: Celebrating 10 exciting years of the Kindle
Since 2007, Kindle made millions of people rediscover the joy of reading. But it’s not only e-readers that changed the way we read. It’s the entire ecosystem that includes ebooks, services, and innovations.
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Kindle, we created an infographic that presents most significant events since the introduction of the Kindle Store, to the launch of Kindle Oasis 2.
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