Infographic: 70% of Russians Read eBooks

ebook-MAINITI-2-941(1)[1]I’ve jut come across an infographic that claims that the US isn’t the country with the highest adoption rate for ebooks. If the data in this infographic is correct then Russia, with 70% of readers having tried ebooks, takes the crown.

That’s much higher than the 23% of Americans who had read an ebook (according to Pew Research Center in December 2012). It’s even higher than the data from Scholastic which shows that 46% of kids in the US had read an ebook.

Of course, this chart also shows that Russians aren’t leading the world in buying ebooks; 92% download ebooks from the internet, 36% copy from friends, and yet only 15% buy ebooks.


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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.


  1. TuuronTour14 August, 2013

    Spotted an error in “How many books have you read” -> I think the “less than 20” should have been “more than 20” 🙂

  2. Igor Borski15 August, 2013

    Most probably not true.
    Some important detail missing like “tablet owners” or “large city dwellers”.

    Country side Russians pretty mach have no idea what a word “e-book” means.

  3. […] has been reported previously ebook piracy is rampant in Russia with a reported 70% of readers downloading ebooks but only 15% […]


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