Read by numbers

I am most definitely a person of letters, rather than numbers. However, in 14th September’s edition of The Independent on Sunday, I came across some rather fascinating book-related figures and facts that I just thought I’d share with you here:


  • 200,000 book titles were on sale last year…
  • ….190,000 of those sold fewer than 3500 copies.
  • £7000: the average author’s annual earnings
  • 40% of Britons have lied about having read a certain book so they could ‘join in with the conversation’
  • 24.5 minutes spent by the average person reading each day (men 23 minutes, women 26 minutes)
  • 25% of Britons say they have not read a book in the past year
  • Most borrowed fiction title: At Risk by Patricia Cornwell
  • Most borrowed non-fiction title: The Meaning of the 21st Century by James Martin
  • Most borrowed  classic title: The Catcher In The Rye by J.D. Salinger


So, what do you think of that then?! Have you ever lied about reading a certain book? How many minutes do you spend reading each day? Have you read a book in the past year? – And if not, why not? I’d love to hear from you…






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2 responses to “Read by numbers

  1. Jayne Leech

    When I started my degree in English at Keele University I did not know that George Elliot was a woman!!! It’s a good job that the lecturer mentioned it before I made a complete fool out of myself!!!

  2. ellajolly

    Such mistakes are easily made – I remember feeling quite shocked to discover Evelyn Waugh was in fact a man!

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