Frequency of reading books across the world (infographic)

Reading across the world - a report by GfK 2017

A chart from the report by GfK “Frequency of reading books 2017” / Image: GfK Global Studies

59% of online population reads books at least once a week, according to a report by GfK.

Which countries are most read in the world? A report from GfK Global Studies brings new numbers to the table.

The report is based on an online survey conducted among 22 thousand users from 17 countries, aged 15 or more. A simple question was asked about how often the users read books.

Below you’ll find two charts with the major figures from the report. But before let’s have a look at the highlights:

  • on average, 30% of users claim they read books every day; 6% say they never reach for a book,
  • women are more likely to be avid book readers than men,
  • the highest percentage of everyday book readers lives in China (36%). The UK and Spain are next (32% each),
  • South Korea and the Netherlands have the highest percentage of users who say they never read books,
  • high-income households are more likely than low-income to read books frequently.

You can get a free copy of the report from GfK. It shows a detailed breakdown by income, age, and gender. You can also find inside over 80 quick charts, similar to the ones presented below.

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Frequency of reading books across the world

Frequency of reading books across the world #infographic

Frequency of reading books by country

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