World Reading Habits in 2020

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As the world muddled through (and continues to do so) the coronavirus and lockdowns in 2020, it’s no surprise that many of us turned to something familiar: reading books.

Books are not only a great escape from daily life, but they also have a number of science-backed health benefits.

Given most of us spend a lot more time at home this year, reading was a healthy thing to dive into.

But how exactly did our reading habits change this year? What were we reading? And which countries read the most?

Global English Editing set out to answer these questions in their new infographic. A few of their surprising findings include:

  • India reads more than any other country, followed by China and Thailand

  • Romance is the most popular genre, accounting for one-third of all fiction sales.

  • Printed books are still  more popular than eBooks

  • 35% of people said they read more books because of the lockdowns

To discover more fun facts about world reading habits in 2020, check out the infographic below.

world reading habits infographic





2 responses
  1. Veronica Gallagher Avatar
    Veronica Gallagher

    This is fascinating! I used to read two books a day, on average, to my six-year-old. Now I read one but include having e-books read to him because my throat gets sore easily and I’m attempting being a freelancer, which takes time. I do a lot of reading on the computer in the form of research to learn how to go about working at home without being scammed. E-books are amazing! A recorded voice reads to my boy on any children’s book he chooses while I research. 💝

    1. Noemi Tasarra-Twigg Avatar
      Noemi Tasarra-Twigg

      Agree! I’ve also recently picked up audiobooks and have been “reading” more every night before bed.

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