I’ve just read an article in the Nation yesterday, which says that Thai people, as an average, only read 2 books a year. As a comparison, they say in Vietnam the average is 60 books a year! I was quite surprised by these figures, as I have never seen Thai people read anything but the occasional newspaper. And 60 in Vietnam, such a high figure! Surely there can’t be such a big difference between the two countries, even if they are, indeed, quite different in many aspects. Unfortunately the Nation only mentioned “survey data”, without any further precision (great journalistic work).
So I browsed the web and tried to find some statistics about France. I found very different estimations, ranking from one book per year, up to 20 books per year. But nothing around 60. So I don’t know how the surveys are conducted, I don’t know what exactly they define as a ‘book’ (does it include magazines? comic books? school books?) but one thing is for sure, the journalists can’t just say “according to survey data”, if they want to make sense they have to explain where, when and how exactly the survey was conducted. Without any reference or methodology, the data are totally unreliable.
However, if you have a better source of information and if you know of a serious survey, with data that can be trusted, whether it is about Thailand or any other country, please share it with us. Or what about a quick survey here and now: how many books do you read per year, as an average?