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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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.
The real problem is not whether machines think but whether men do.
– B.F. Skinner –
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