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Britain leads the world in publishing but lags behind when it comes to actual hours curled up with a book

By Sameer Rahim   December 2017

Bookish Britain?

Unread tomes are piling up

The land of Shakespeare is proud of its literary heritage, and Britain still leads the way with 2,875 new titles per million people published each year—putting it top of the world table. But we lag behind when it comes to reading, just over five hours a week (bad, but not as bad as Germany). India leads the way with over 10 hours per week, a total that popular printed newspapers may flatter.

But back in the UK, are books becoming something to own rather…

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