35% of the world read more due to the pandemic. Print books sales decrease as people turn to ebooks. Readers are rediscovering apocalyptic fiction.
2020 is the year of the pandemic. Millions of people were locked at their home during the first wave of coronavirus. And it seems, the second wave will keep us at homes as well.
How did coronavirus change our attitude towards books? Have we adjusted our reading habits? What books were most popular?
You will find answers in a fresh new infographic from Global English Editing, a leading professional editing online platform for academic and business writing. The visual is a part of an ongoing series that tracks reading habits around the world.
The 2020 edition of World Reading Habits takes a closer look at data that connects reading to the pandemic.
35% of the world read more due to the coronavirus. 14% of people say they read significantly more.
Top 3 countries where users read more because of the coronavirus are China (44%), Spain (42%), and Italy (36%).
Printed books still drive more revenue than ebooks or audiobooks. However, their sales fall because of the coronavirus. More users turn to safer and quicker ways of acquiring new reads.
40% pf Millennials read more books because of the virus, followed by Gen Z (34%) and Gen X (31%).
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Coriolanus released the fistful of cabbage into the pot of boiling water and swore that one day it would never pass his lips again. But this was not that day. He needed to eat a large bowl of the anemic stuff, and drink every drop of broth, to prevent his stomach from growling during the reaping ceremony. It was one of a long list of precautions he took to mask the fact that his family, despite residing in the penthouse of the Capitol’s most opulent apartment building, was as poor as district scum. That at eighteen, the heir to the once-great house of Snow had nothing to live on but his wits.
His shirt for the reaping was worrying him. He had an acceptable pair of dark dress pants bought on the black market last year, but the shirt was what people looked at. Fortunately, the Academy provided the uniforms it required for daily use. For today’s ceremony, however, students were instructed to be dressed fashionably but with the solemnity the occasion dictated. Tigris had said to trust her, and he did. Only his cousin’s cleverness with a needle had saved him so far. Still, he couldn’t expect miracles.
The shirt they’d dug from the back of the wardrobe—his father’s, from better days—was stained and yellowed with age, half the buttons missing, a cigarette burn on one cuff. Too damaged to sell in even the worst of times, and this was to be his reaping shirt? This morning he had gone to her room at daybreak, only to find both his cousin and the shirt missing. Not a good sign. Had Tigris given up on the old thing and braved the black market in some last-ditch effort to find him proper clothing? And what on earth would she possess worth trading for it? Only one thing—herself—and the house of Snow had not yet fallen that far. Or was it falling now as he salted the cabbage?