A quarter of people in the Arab world hardly ever or never read books for personal enjoyment, a survey by Yahoo! Maktoob Research has found. People in Jordan, Lebanon and Algeria read the least, with more than 30 percent of respondents in these countries stating that they hardly ever or never read, according to the survey, done to coincide with World Book Day on March 3.
Youth read the least with almost 30 percent of those under 25 years old hardly ever or never reading. The survey found 19 percent of people read regularly, with those in Bahrain, Egypt and Morocco the biggest booklovers (24 percent), followed by those in Iraq and the United Arab Emirates (22 percent). Those aged 46-50 are the most frequent readers (27 percent), followed by those aged 36-45 (25 percent). Historical fiction is the most popular genre of literature in the Arab world with 14 percent of the overall vote, followed by political with 12 percent. However, romance is the clear favourite among women with 21 percent of the vote. More...
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