Who Reads the Most in the World? (It’s not the U.S.)

If you’re a bookworm, you probably read more than most people you know. If you’re a competitive bookworm, you want to know how much more you read than most people you know. If you fall into the latter camp, wonder no more. This infographic lays out the reading prowess of countries across the globe, along with other fun literacy facts.


This infographic is courtesy of Brendan Brown of Global English Editing. Visit them online at geediting.com or on Twitter @geediting.

Baihley Grandison Featured 2017Baihley Grandison is the associate editor of Writer’s Digest and a freelance writer. Follow her on Twitter @baihleyg, where she mostly tweets about writing (Team Oxford Comma!), food (HUMMUS FOR PRESIDENT, PEOPLE), and Random Conversations With Her Mother.

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One thought on “Who Reads the Most in the World? (It’s not the U.S.)

  1. MichaelEdits

    I’m not surprised to see China high on the list. Every time I walked into a bookstore in China, people were everywhere, and they were reading. Even if the lighting was poor and the air conditioning was off.

    And of course I’m not surprised to see India at the top of the list. Nobody should be. In my case, I’ve exchanged enough emails with bookstores, publishers, and private individuals in India to know they love the written word as much as I do.

    Thailand at #2? I used to live there, and was told more than once that they deeply respect anyone who writes a book but don’t actually read them. The only thing I ever saw them reading was Manga. Lots of Manga.