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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.
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The Midnight Library
by Matt Haig
A Conversation About Rain
Nineteen years before she decided to die, Nora Seed sat in the warmth of the small library at Hazeldene School in the town of Bedford. She sat at a low table staring at a chess board.
‘Nora dear, it’s natural to worry about your future,’ said the librarian, Mrs Elm, her eyes twinkling.
Mrs Elm made her first move. A knight hopping over the neat row of white pawns. ‘Of course, you’re going to be worried about the exams. But you could be anything you want to be, Nora. Think of all that possibility. It’s exciting.’
‘Yes. I suppose it is.’
‘A whole life in front of you.’
‘A whole life.’
‘You could do anything, live anywhere. Somewhere a bit less cold and wet.’
Nora pushed a pawn forward two spaces.
It was hard not to compare Mrs Elm to her mother, who treated Nora like a mistake in need of correction. For instance, when she was a baby her mother had been so worried Nora’s left ear stuck out more than her right that she’d used sticky tape to address the situation, then disguised it beneath a woollen bonnet.
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Innovative pillow stand for hands-free use
From Lamicall comes a brand-new pillow stand with an “open jaw” design, a stylus holder, and a large pocket for your phone or charger. A perfect tablet or e-reader stand for hands-free use: reading, watching, or video calls.
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