Germany, a “bored” nation that can only read books

Germany is an extremely boring country. You can’t see people eating in restaurants at 10 o’clock. It’s hard to see people happily revelling in the streets every day. Young people don’t often gather together to play and have fun. Germany feels like a quiet atmosphere, where people can only read books when they are bored.

So this boring country has produced a lot of philosophers, thinkers, writers and poets. It is also because of reading that the people have become prosperous and the country has become strong, all of which are closely related to German reading.

In the end, what is German reading can be summarized as: reading habits, reading atmosphere, reading facilities. Or you can also understand it as a unique German reading culture. When reading has become a national culture, the prosperity of the people and the country will no longer be out of reach.

Let’s first look at some data surveys to tell you the reading situation of Germans: 91% of Germans have read at least one book in the past year. Among them, 23% read between 9 and 18 books a year; 25% read more than 18 books a year, roughly equivalent to reading one book every three weeks. Books have also become the most popular gifts among friends.

70% of Germans love to read, more than half buy books regularly, and one-third read books almost every day. It is worth mentioning that among all age groups, young people under the age of 30 have the highest enthusiasm for reading. For young Germans, reading is as lovable as their beer.

Among Germans over the age of 14, 69% read at least once a week; more than 36% think they read books “often”; 22% read “a lot”; 16% read daily, A frequent reader. More than 80 million Germans have the second largest book market in the world, with annual market sales totaling 9.6 billion euros. Germany publishes more than 90,000 new books every year, with an average of 11.5 titles per 10,000 people. Germany is also the country with the highest density of bookstores per capita in the world, with an average of one bookstore per 17,000 people.

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▌Reading habits

You can see people reading everywhere in Germany, stations, cafes and lawns, not just on campuses, but anywhere, and it seems that everyone has a book or two in their backpacks, and they take them out whenever they have time. read.

If you live in Germany, you must know how expensive books are here. Take the 2012 best-selling novel “Er ist wieder da” for example, which costs about 19.9 euros (about 170 yuan). It is also because Germans like to read that Amazon books and kindle readers in Germany have been selling well.

But Germans prefer paper books for two reasons: first, they like the feeling of holding paper books in their hands, which are more traditional and authentic; second, the price of e-books is not much cheaper than that of paper books.

They also believe that real reading comes from books, not real-time news, and they prefer to read valuable, even long-winded articles, rather than read useless, gossip, and unnutritious tidbits.

▌Reading atmosphere

Besides football, reading should be something that almost all people like, regardless of gender, age, or child, reaching the level of civilian reading. They believe that reading can exercise their ability to think independently and solve problems, and their active learning and lifelong learning ideas, Encourage them to keep reading.

In addition, Germans believe that reading is related to the future of the country, and frequent and large reading can enable young people to better master reading skills and rapidly improve their comprehension and thinking skills. Therefore, in addition to the supervision of parents and schools, the government also regards reading as a social project for children’s enlightenment. Year 5 students can receive a coupon to pick up a book at the library for free.

German parents develop their interest in books from birth. Many children’s first toy is a book. Parents also read to them or read with them every day before going to bed.

Primary school students in Germany don’t have much time for class every day, usually around noon or around 2 pm, and the library will hold various reading activities for them after school hours. In middle school, teachers will assign topical homework, which requires students to read a lot of material books in order to complete the homework.

Almost every German family has a bookshelf, either in the study or in the living room, which seems to have become a home decoration, but almost all the books on the bookshelf of many Germans have been read. Every family in Germany has an average collection of nearly 300 books, and the average person has more than 100 books. They believe that “a family without books is like a house without windows”.

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