Benefits of Reading Books: For Your Physical and Mental Health

This shouldn’t be surprising. Two decades of data suggest a correlation between book ownership and happiness.

But what are the other benefits of reading? Here are 7 pretty cool facts.

Let us know if you’ve written a novel or compiled a business plan for an incubator that doesn’t yet exist…

Here is a list of book facts you may not have known

1. The third best-selling book in 2016 was Good Omens by Terry Pratchett. It has been in print since 1988 and was also made into a movie.

2. A third of people aged 15–24 have never read a book. A lot of it is due to the fact that many young people have never been exposed to reading or literature.

3. Only 34% of students will graduate from university without ever reading a book.

4. Only 0.4% of novels are self-published (the way my younger brother read the book, Mantel).

5. The average person will read 230 books in their lifetime, so almost half will only read one or two. People who read books read a lot, and so do not have this crisis, and several have continued reading books in subsequent decades, and even authored books, like my younger brother.

6. Readers download 167 petabytes per day. That’s as much data as all the music and movies ever downloaded (including YouTube).

7. Books “translate”. This is how often they transcend language, culture, and time. A book is not just a series of pages. This is why many people seem to be turning to write books and movies on tablets and e-readers. They are translating books and movies.

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