GITNUX REPORT 2024

Global Comparison: Average Number of Books Read Per Year Revealed

From avid readers to non-readers: An in-depth look at global book consumption habits revealed.

Author: Jannik Lindner

First published: 7/17/2024

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Adults aged 18-29 read an average of 7 books per year

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Adults aged 30-49 read an average of 9 books per year

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Adults aged 50-64 read an average of 13 books per year

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Adults aged 65+ read an average of 13 books per year

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College graduates read an average of 17 books per year

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High school graduates read an average of 9 books per year

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Those with some college education read an average of 13 books per year

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Women read an average of 14 books per year in the US

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Men read an average of 9 books per year in the US

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The average Indian reads 10.42 hours per week

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The average Chinese person reads 8 books per year

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The average person in the UK reads 10 books per year

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The average Canadian reads 17 books per year

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The average German reads 12 books per year

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The average French person reads 21 books per year

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The average Spaniard reads 10.9 books per year

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The average Italian reads 7.8 books per year

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The average Russian reads 8 books per year

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The average Brazilian reads 4.96 books per year

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The average Japanese person reads 4 books per year

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The average South Korean reads 9.3 books per year

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The average Australian reads 12 books per year

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The average New Zealander reads 20 books per year

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The average Swede reads 10 books per year

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The average Norwegian reads 15 books per year

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The average Finn reads 17 books per year

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The average Dane reads 13 books per year

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The average Dutch person reads 9 books per year

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The average Belgian reads 12 books per year

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The average Swiss person reads 14 books per year

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The average Austrian reads 12 books per year

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The average Polish person reads 7 books per year

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The average Czech reads 13 books per year

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The average Hungarian reads 7 books per year

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The average Romanian reads 5 books per year

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The average Bulgarian reads 4 books per year

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The average Greek reads 5 books per year

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The average Portuguese reads 8 books per year

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The average Irish person reads 11 books per year

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The average Icelandic person reads 2.3 books per month

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The average Estonian reads 6 books per year

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The average Latvian reads 6 books per year

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The average Lithuanian reads 5 books per year

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The average Slovenian reads 10 books per year

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The average Croatian reads 6 books per year

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The average Serbian reads 4 books per year

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The average Bosnian reads 4 books per year

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The average Macedonian reads 3 books per year

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The average Albanian reads 2 books per year

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The average Montenegrin reads 3 books per year

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The average Moldovan reads 2 books per year

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The average Ukrainian reads 4 books per year

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The average Belarusian reads 5 books per year

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The average Armenian reads 6 books per year

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The average Georgian reads 4 books per year

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The average Azerbaijani reads 3 books per year

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The average Kazakh reads 5 books per year

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The average Uzbek reads 1 book per year

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The average Turkmen reads 2 books per year

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The average Kyrgyz reads 3 books per year

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The average Tajik reads 1 book per year

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The average American reads 12 books per year

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23% of American adults say they haven't read a book in the past year

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The median number of books read by Americans is 4 per year

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Summary

  • The average American reads 12 books per year
  • 23% of American adults say they haven't read a book in the past year
  • The median number of books read by Americans is 4 per year
  • Women read an average of 14 books per year in the US
  • Men read an average of 9 books per year in the US
  • Adults aged 18-29 read an average of 7 books per year
  • Adults aged 30-49 read an average of 9 books per year
  • Adults aged 50-64 read an average of 13 books per year
  • Adults aged 65+ read an average of 13 books per year
  • College graduates read an average of 17 books per year
  • High school graduates read an average of 9 books per year
  • Those with some college education read an average of 13 books per year
  • The average Indian reads 10.42 hours per week
  • The average Chinese person reads 8 books per year
  • The average person in the UK reads 10 books per year

Buckle up bookworms, because were diving into the riveting world of reading habits around the globe! From the average American devouring 12 books a year to the literary inclinations of our worldly neighbors like the French, who manage a staggering 21 books annually, these stats are sure to leave you both enlightened and possibly feeling a tad guilty about that untouched book on your nightstand. Grab your favorite reading glasses and lets explore just how many pages the rest of the world is turning!

Age Group Reading Habits

  • Adults aged 18-29 read an average of 7 books per year
  • Adults aged 30-49 read an average of 9 books per year
  • Adults aged 50-64 read an average of 13 books per year
  • Adults aged 65+ read an average of 13 books per year

Interpretation

It seems that as we age, we not only accumulate wisdom but also quite the collection of books! While adults in their twenties may be preoccupied with navigating the complexities of adulthood (we feel you), those in their fifties and beyond have apparently found the secret to time management that allows for a more bookish lifestyle. So, to all the young adults out there struggling to finish that one book club pick within a year, take heart - your bookshelf may just be waiting for you to catch up in your golden years.

Education Level and Reading

  • College graduates read an average of 17 books per year
  • High school graduates read an average of 9 books per year
  • Those with some college education read an average of 13 books per year

Interpretation

These statistics on the average number of books read per year seem to suggest that education and reading habits go hand in hand, with college graduates taking the literary crown at 17 books annually. High school graduates, not to be outdone, still manage a respectable 9 books per year, proving that the thirst for knowledge persists even after the cap and gown are packed away. As for those with some college education, their 13 books per year reading average signals a commitment to both learning and leisure. So, whether your reading list includes Shakespeare or Dr. Seuss, remember that every page turned is a step toward enlightenment – and possibly a higher book count next year.

Gender Differences

  • Women read an average of 14 books per year in the US
  • Men read an average of 9 books per year in the US

Interpretation

In the battle of the bookshelves, it seems the ladies are reigning supreme with an average of 14 books devoured annually compared to the gents' respectable, if slightly lagging, 9 books. It appears that while women are busy traversing literary landscapes and delving into the depths of prose, men may be taking a more leisurely stroll through the pages. But no matter the number, one thing is clear: a good book knows no gender and is a treasure to be cherished by all.

Global Reading Habits

  • The average Indian reads 10.42 hours per week
  • The average Chinese person reads 8 books per year
  • The average person in the UK reads 10 books per year
  • The average Canadian reads 17 books per year
  • The average German reads 12 books per year
  • The average French person reads 21 books per year
  • The average Spaniard reads 10.9 books per year
  • The average Italian reads 7.8 books per year
  • The average Russian reads 8 books per year
  • The average Brazilian reads 4.96 books per year
  • The average Japanese person reads 4 books per year
  • The average South Korean reads 9.3 books per year
  • The average Australian reads 12 books per year
  • The average New Zealander reads 20 books per year
  • The average Swede reads 10 books per year
  • The average Norwegian reads 15 books per year
  • The average Finn reads 17 books per year
  • The average Dane reads 13 books per year
  • The average Dutch person reads 9 books per year
  • The average Belgian reads 12 books per year
  • The average Swiss person reads 14 books per year
  • The average Austrian reads 12 books per year
  • The average Polish person reads 7 books per year
  • The average Czech reads 13 books per year
  • The average Hungarian reads 7 books per year
  • The average Romanian reads 5 books per year
  • The average Bulgarian reads 4 books per year
  • The average Greek reads 5 books per year
  • The average Portuguese reads 8 books per year
  • The average Irish person reads 11 books per year
  • The average Icelandic person reads 2.3 books per month
  • The average Estonian reads 6 books per year
  • The average Latvian reads 6 books per year
  • The average Lithuanian reads 5 books per year
  • The average Slovenian reads 10 books per year
  • The average Croatian reads 6 books per year
  • The average Serbian reads 4 books per year
  • The average Bosnian reads 4 books per year
  • The average Macedonian reads 3 books per year
  • The average Albanian reads 2 books per year
  • The average Montenegrin reads 3 books per year
  • The average Moldovan reads 2 books per year
  • The average Ukrainian reads 4 books per year
  • The average Belarusian reads 5 books per year
  • The average Armenian reads 6 books per year
  • The average Georgian reads 4 books per year
  • The average Azerbaijani reads 3 books per year
  • The average Kazakh reads 5 books per year
  • The average Uzbek reads 1 book per year
  • The average Turkmen reads 2 books per year
  • The average Kyrgyz reads 3 books per year
  • The average Tajik reads 1 book per year

Interpretation

In a world where statistics tell stories, it seems the French have perfected the art of literature consumption like they’ve perfected the art of fine dining. While the average Indian is lost in the rich tapestry of 10.42 hours of reading per week, the average Uzbek may need some motivation to finish even one book in a year. From the Japanese immersed in 4 books annually to the French indulging in a lavish 21-book feast, it’s clear that when it comes to literary appetites, each nation has its own unique flavor. So whether you're devouring pages like a voracious French bibliophile or savoring words slowly like a contemplative Icelandic reader, remember that the world of books is a banquet where everyone can find their perfect literary dish.

US Reading Habits

  • The average American reads 12 books per year
  • 23% of American adults say they haven't read a book in the past year
  • The median number of books read by Americans is 4 per year

Interpretation

In the world of books, Americans seem to be living in a tale of two extremes. On one page, we have the faithful dozen bookworms who devour 12 books a year, cruising through pages faster than a Kindle on fast-forward. However, on the adjacent page, we find the 23% who have apparently declared war on their bookshelves, leaving every page unturned as they embark on a curious journey of literary rebellion. And then there are those content with a modest stack of four books, quietly enjoying their literary escapades, neither breaking records nor hearts. So, dear readers, where do you fall in this diverse literary landscape?

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