Infographic: World Reading Habits in 2020

2020 was a strange year, for obvious reasons.

Many of us spent a lot of 2020 in lockdown, either trying to keep up with work or looking for a new job.

Some turned to streaming services such as Netflix (for example, I subscribed to Disney Plus so I could finally watch The Mandalorian, only to discover the writing was terrible). Others spent their time learning new skills, while many took this an opportunity to dive into new books and read more.

How did COVID-19 change our reading habits? Which countries read the most this year? And what books were we reading?

Here are a few of the highlights from the infographic.

  • India reads more than any other country, followed by Thailand and China.
  • Printed books continue to drive more revenue than eBooks or audiobooks. However, physical books sales did dip because of COVID-19 (not surprisingly).
  • Romance is our genre of choice, with one-third of all mass market fiction books being romance novels.
  • 35% of the world read more due to COVID-19.

Check out the infographic below to learn more about world reading habits in a year like no other.

Nate Hoffelder

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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.

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  1. […] In which ways has 2020 changed our reading habits? […]

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  2. Mary14 November, 2020

    Info graphic has an odd mix of data much of it from 2019. How does it relate to 2020? Would be a very interesting piece if it could answer that question.

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