Wednesday, December 23, 2020

World Reading Habits in 2020

 How much time do you spend reading each week? 

Readers in the United States average over five hours of reading a week. According to Global English Editing, readers in India top the chart by averaging more than ten hours of reading per week. 

Has the coronavirus changed your reading habits? 

The pandemic, lockdowns, and social distancing have resulted in a 35% increase in reading worldwide with 14% of respondents saying that they read significantly more in 2020. 

While many of us have been reading more this year, physical book sales have dropped 38% in the United States in favor of eBooks. Millennials may be leading the digital trend since they’re reading 40% more books this year due to the coronavirus. 

Apocalyptic fiction from past decades has seen a surge of interest in 2020.  

The Stand by Stephen King

First released in 1978 and updated in 1990, The Stand chronicles the lives of pandemic survivors in the United States and an epic battle of good versus evil. The story has been adapted twice, first on ABC in 1994 and again this year on CBS All Access. 

The Eyes of Darkness by Dean Koontz

The Eyes of Darkness describes a virus with a 100% mortality rate called Wuhan-400.  Its similarities to Covid-19 sparked renewed interest in this 1981 science fiction novel in 2020.  

Alicia Cavitt
Information Specialist

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