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Arabs read an average of 6 pages a year, study reveals

Sum of all fears: Arabs read an average of 6 pages a year, study reveals

Saturday, 14 July 2012



Arab Thought Foundation’s Fikr released its fourth annual cultural development report that said
an Arab individual on average reads a quarter of a page a year compared to the 11 books read
by an American and seven books by a British person. (Reuters)

Me: Only a quarter of a page a year!!! :O I've read over 11 books...and it's just July!

By Ikram al-Yacoub
 Al Arabiya

There are some readers for whom obtaining a first edition copy of their favorite book or author is of great import and this is evidenced by people standing in long lines to get their hands on new books. While this may be a common site in the West, many believe this is not the case in the Arab world.

 There is a common perception too about the number of Arabs that frequent libraries. That number mirrors the nature of a reading culture and can be used to evaluate reading habits among its generations.

 Earlier this year, a debate on how to foster reading habits among Arab youth was prompted after the Arab Thought Foundation’s Fikr released its fourth annual cultural development report in January, saying that the average Arab child reads “six minutes” a year in comparison to 12,000 minutes its Western counterpart spends.

 It also reported that an Arab individual on average reads a quarter of a page a year compared to the 11 books read by an American and seven books by a British person. (...)

Full article: http://www.alarabiya.net/articles/2012/07/14/226290.html

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