The world continued to read victoriously in 2018 even though people are spending time more and more on watching Netflix or Youtube. 

1. Which Countries Read the Most

India, Thailand and China are the number one, two and three correspondingly for reading the most in 2018

Rank Country Hours spent in reading per person per week in 2018
1 India 10:42
2 Thailand 9:24
3 China 8:00
4 Philippines 7:36
5 Egypt 7:30
6 Czech Republic 7:24
7 Sweden 7:06
8 France 6:54
9 Hungary 6:48
10 Saudi Arabia 6:48
11 Hongkong 6:42
12 Poland 6:30
13 Venezuela 6:24
14 South Africa 6:18
15 Australia 6:18
16 Indonesia 6:00
17 Argentina 5:54
18 Turkey 5:54
19 Spain 5:48
20 Canada 5:48
21 Germany 5:42
22 USA 5:42
23 Italy 5:36
24 Mexico 5:30
25 UK 5:18
26 Brazil 5:12
27 Taiwan 5:00
28 Japan 4:06
29 Korea 3:06

2. American Reading Habits in 2018

Though US stands at the number 22, there were no laggards on reading habit.

  • 74% of Americans have read a book in the past 12 months in any format
  • 67% have read a print book
  • 18% have listened to an audiobook
  • 77% of Americans with ages less than 29 shopped for books
  • 37% of adults with a high school degree or less have reported not reading a book in any format in the past year.
  • 7% of college graduates have reported not reading a book in any format in the past year.

3. European Reading Habits in 2018

  • Households in Europe spend more on books and newspapers than they do on package holidays.
  • Europeans spend €200 ($240) per person on books and newspapers annually.

3.1. European countries that read the most and least

Rank Country Average time spent reading books per day (minutes)
1 Estonia 13 min
2 Finland 12 min
  Poland 12 min
3 Hungary 10 min
4 Greece 9 min
5 Germany 7 min
  Luxembourg 7 min
6 Netherlands 6 min
  Belgium 6 min
  Spain 6 min
  UK 6 min
7 Romania 5 min
  Italy 5 min
  Austria 5 min
8 France 2 min

3.2. Most popular books

Country Book
Italy
Andrea Camilleri's Inspector Montalbano series
Netherlands
Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter
Germany
Das Feld ("The Field") by Robert Seethaler
UK
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
France, Spain, Denmark, Norway, Finland & Greece
Becoming by Michelle Obama

4. African Reading Habits in 2018

  • African mobile users have spent an average of over four million hours reading books on their mobile phones so far in 2018, represeting a 32% increase from 2017.
  • Nigeria, South Africa and Ivory Coast are the countries with the highest mobile and online reading populations in 2018.
  • 65% of mobile readers on the continent are men, while 35% are women.
  • Women tend to spend 11.5 minutes reading on average, while men read 6.5 minutes.

4.1. Algeria

  • 95.6% of Algerians like reading
  • 90% prefer print to eBooks
  • 52% read fiction
  • 68% of those surveyed read Arabic, compared to 41.6% in French and 12.7% in English

5. Australia - The Harry Potter domination

Most popular books borrowed from Australian libraries in 2018:

Rank Book
1
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two (2016) by Jack Thome
2
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling
3
The Dark Prophecy (2017) by Rick Riordan
4
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (2007) by J.K. Rowling
5
Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix (2003) by J.K. Rowling
6
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (1999) by J.K. Rowling
7
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay (2001) by J.K. Rowling
8
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (1998) by J.K. Rowling

6. New Zealand

  • 86% of New Zealand adults had read or started to read at least one book in the past year, down from 88% last year.
  • 57% read books by New Zealand authors or poets in the past year
  • Poetry is surprisingly popular, with 30% having read poetry in the past year.

7. Which countries are a booklovers' paradise?

15 countries where people owned the most books when they were 16

Rank Country Number of Books Owned
1 Estonia 218
2 Norway 212
3 Czech Republic 204
4 Denmark 192
5 Russia 154
6 Germany 151
7 Australia 148
8 UK 143
9 Canada 125
10 France 117
11 USA 114
12 Ireland 107
13 Japan 102
14 Belgium 95
15 Chile 52

8. Top 20 Print Books of 2018

Rank Book
1
Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House by Michael Wolff
2
Magnolia Table by Joanna Gaines
3
A Higher Loyalty by James Comey
4
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
5
Dog Man and Cat Kid by Dav Pilkey
6
A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo by Marlon Bundo
7
12 Rules for Life by Jordan B. Peterson
8
Oh, the Places You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss
9
The President is Missing by Bill Clinton/James Patterson
10
You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero
11
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson
12
The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur
13
Wonder by R.J. Palacio
14
Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur
15
The Outsider by Stephen King
16
Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
17
Diary of a Wimpy Kid #12 by Jeff Kinney
18
The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn
19
The Great Alone by Hannah Kristin
20
StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath