Tips & more

Reading around the world, according to Scribd (infographic)

Reading around the world according to Scribd - infographic

Scribd is a popular digital library offering a subscription-based access to over 300,000 titles from major publishers.

With over 80 million monthly users from all over the world, the site is a valuable source of information about reading habits, and how they differ from country to country.

I wish there were more countries and more facts included in the chart, but what is here is already interesting. I’ve checked the titles from the infographic, and they all are available via subscription ($8.99 per month). Regular, heavy readers are analyzed, not occasional Scribd users.

Some big bestsellers, like Inferno by Dan Brown, or Harry Potter series, are not available on Scribd, so the section highlighting popular books by country may be a little surprising. Compare Sh*t my Dad Says (US) to Slaughterhouse-Five (Russia) to The Story of Sushi (UK).

Helping to increase reading speed is the new baby of the digital publishing industry. New speed-reading apps flow into the market one by one – and it looks like Americans need them most. On the list of reading speed by country, the United States is #14, after Germany, Sweden, or Malaysia.

Comparing this data with the “Reading around the world” infographic created by RBTH, can lead to a conclusion that most avid readers in the world live in Asia: Malaysia, India, China, and Thailand.

Check out more posts on international topics:

All you need to know about this year’s National Book Awards for translated literature
– September 19, 2019

Here are our top 10 picks for world literature books to read this year
– September 19, 2019

The first Night of Bookstores takes place in Poland later this month
– September 11, 2019

The best cities in the world for book lovers, according to numbers
– September 6, 2019

Meet the 12-year-old girl who runs a free library in India
– July 26, 2019

Via The Digital Reader.

Recommendation box

Gifts for modern book lovers in 2022

Based on recommendations from top tech sites and customer reviews.

• • •

Breathable 3D sleep headphones

Breathable 3D sleep headphones – great for audiobooks

This cozy and breathable sleeping mask has a special 3D shape which will not put pressure on your eyeballs and face. It features built-in Bluetooth earbuds with a playback time reaching 10 hours.


• • •

Cute book sleeve

Cute book sleeve – great for print books and e-readers

From The Great Oak comes a large zippered book sleeve with a cozy and bright pattern. The soft middle layer is designed to keep your books safe and comfy. It will protect not only your paperbacks, but also an e-reader.


• • •

Hands-free pillow stand

Hands-free pillow stand – great for e-readers and print books

An improved version of a popular Lamicall tablet pillow comes now with a side pocket for a pen or small accessories. The grooves are deep enough to hold a print book. It’s made of durable materials and is available in five fashionable colors.