May 18, 2022

Worldreader Releases Top 2015 Digital Books Read in Developing World, Open Sources Country Reading Data

From Worldreader Book Report:

Worldreader, a global nonprofit dedicated to improving literacy and access to great books in the developing world, today announces the top digital books read by children and adults on mobile devices across Asia and Africa in 2015.

In total, over 6 million children, adults and families in the developing world read more than 17 million hours on Worldreader’s mobile phone applications and Kindle e-readers in 2015. The list of most popular books includes top book titles, genres, most popular authors, and top search terms in 2015 among readers in 31 countries across Asia and Africa.

For the first time, Worldreader is open-sourcing country-by-country adult reading data, spanning nine months of 2015. This new alpha-level tool reveals what adults are reading across Africa and parts of Asia. It’s an early, fascinating way to compare reading habits from Algeria to India to Pakistan to Zimbabwe.

Read the Report and Blog Post

Direct to Top Books Read by Adults on Mobile Phones in 2015 (Data Map)

Lists Found in Worldreader Book Report Include:

  • Top 10 Books Read by School-Aged Children
  • Top 3 Health Books
  • Top 3 Adult Education Books
  • Top 3 Romance Books
  • Top Fiction Books Donated by U.S. Publishers
  • Top Non-Fiction Books Donated by U.S. Publishers
  • Top Authors
  • Top Books Read By Women
  • Top Books Read By Men
  • Top Books Read in Africa

Top Search Terms on Worldreader Website
1. Sex
2. Biology
3. TheBible
4. Love
5. Dictionary
6. Chemistry
7. Adventure
8. Physics
9. History
10. Accounting
11. Computer
12. Science
13. Sexual Harassment
14. Nizar Qabbani (Syrian Poet)
15. El Verdadero Islam
16. Psychology
17. Physics
18. Qur’an
19. Automotive
20. Poetry
21. Programming
22. Amharic Books

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