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Countries by Number of Books Published

Name the countries which publish the greatest number of books per year.
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Quiz by relessness
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Last updated: November 14, 2018
First submittedNovember 1, 2012
Times taken29,845
Average score85.7%
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Country
440,000
China
305,000
United States
184,000
United Kingdom
102,000
Russia
93,600
Germany
90,000
India
82,600
Japan
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Country
78,000
France
72,900
Iran
62,000
Italy
50,800
Turkey
47,600
South Korea
44,000
Spain
28,200
Australia
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Country
28,100
Taiwan
28,000
Argentina
24,600
Vietnam
24,000
Indonesia
21,100
Poland
20,800
Brazil
19,000
Canada
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Level 73
Nov 2, 2012
Cool quiz!
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Level 58
Dec 15, 2017
Easy. Completed in 65 seconds
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Level 43
May 4, 2020
Okay
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Level 47
Feb 17, 2022
okey
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Level 28
Feb 22, 2022
okaey
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Level 43
Feb 27, 2022
oke
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Level 45
Mar 9, 2022
Ok
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Level 33
Mar 31, 2022
O
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Level 58
May 8, 2022
OK
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Level 75
Dec 18, 2017
Nice quiz. One curiosity - you can click "quiz by" and be linked to the Wikipedia article.
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Level ∞
Dec 18, 2017
Fixed
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Level 57
Jun 4, 2020
Why you clicked on it? I mean, there is no point clicking on Quiz By
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Level 90
Mar 8, 2018
Very interesting, was somewhat surprised by Vietnam, didn't expect them to be as high.
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Level 77
Apr 11, 2018
Only one I missed, but that's because I thought I'd already typed it. I hate it when I take one quiz, and then think I've already typed those answers on the next one I take.
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Level 62
Jul 24, 2018
Even I forgot my native country?!
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Level 60
Apr 8, 2020
Same... I'm also surprised by Poland.
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Level 33
Apr 11, 2018
Damn...I missed indonesia because I spelt it worng. :/ Other then that it was easy.
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Level 62
Dec 19, 2019
Undarstandubl.
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Level 66
Apr 11, 2018
Vietnam was a Hail Mary. 100%, thank you very much!
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Level 84
Apr 11, 2018
Huh. Wonder why Argentina publishes so many more books than Brazil.
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Level 72
Apr 11, 2018
My guess: more people speak Spanish outside of Argentina than Portuguese outside of Brazil. Larger potential for profit.
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Level 84
Apr 11, 2018
Sounds reasonable.
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Level 42
Aug 1, 2022
But then Brazil is the dominant Portuguese speaking nation, so you'd expect most Portuguese books to come from Brazil. Mexico has way more Spanish speakers than Argentina, and Colombia has a little more, with Spain and the US not far behind, so you wouldn't expect them to dominate the market so completely, even with taking their wealth into consideration.
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Level 41
Mar 1, 2021
I'm Brazillian. I can relate that.
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Level 53
Apr 11, 2018
Intriguing subject for sure.
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Level 55
Apr 11, 2018
Per capita would be even more interesting.
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Level 32
Apr 11, 2018
Then Iceland would be the highest.
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Level 57
Apr 12, 2018
Hi,

Just put together one like that: "Countries by Number of Books Published per Capita".

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Level 57
Apr 12, 2018
Iceland might be somewhere on the top, but checked only countries publishing at least 5000 titles per year.
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Level 59
Aug 10, 2019
I would expect the Vatican to be somewhere on there then.
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Level 52
Apr 11, 2018
Kind of surprised none of the Nordic countries make it onto the list.
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Level 57
Apr 12, 2018
On per capita -list they do. Just added a new quiz: "Countries by Number of Books Published per Capita"...
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Level 75
Jan 26, 2020
Very few people read Nordic languages. The countries on this list probably publish for large portions of their language communities, and the list represents the most common prestige languages.
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Level 32
Apr 11, 2018
I started guessing countries with big populations because it seems obvious to me that they would have more authors, but Brazil, Pakistan, Nigeria, Bangladesh, Mexico, Ethiopia, and the Philippines were not on here and all have over a hundred million people. I ended up missing Iran and South Korea.
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Level 43
Apr 11, 2018
Brazil is on this quiz.
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Level 61
May 18, 2020
You need to also take into account education, wealth, number of languages in that particular country and whether their main language is spoken elsewhere in the world.

Most of the countries you mentioned have populations that are poorly educated and don't have the luxury to buy books and so there isn't a market.

The wealthier class are obviously more educated and much more likely to read books in English.

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Level 71
Mar 30, 2022
Yeah, I think most of the educated people in Bangladesh read books in English. And, at any rate, most people in Bangladesh are much more interested in their phones than in books. That being said, there is a pretty large annual book fair in Dhaka every year, which is pretty cool and goes to show that there is still a significant literary presence in the country!
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Level 63
Apr 11, 2018
100%!
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Level 22
Apr 11, 2018
Why is canada so low?
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Level 75
Oct 13, 2018
Population.
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Level 75
Jan 26, 2020
Canadians can buy books published in the US and other English and French language publishers.
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Level 55
Jan 31, 2022
Its actually pretty high, considering how low its population is. Its the benefit of English language
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Level 57
Apr 12, 2018
Thanks to this cool quiz idea from Relessness I also wanted to make something about this subject, and added a new quiz: "Countries by Number of Books Published per Capita"... Welcome to check it out!
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Level 46
Apr 15, 2018
I was surprised not to see Bangladesh, considering its large population and importance of literature, but then again most books published in Bengali are probably in West Bengal, because of Tagore , Ram Mohan Roy and others. But still this influence is still prevalent in Bangladesh also.
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Level 57
Apr 26, 2018
Take your literature knowledge, and see if you can ace the Five Most Literate Countries by Continent Quiz
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Level 68
Dec 7, 2019
You could easily knock a minute or two off this one
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Level 60
Apr 1, 2020
Pakistan and Bangladesh missing.. India's number quite low too.
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Level 61
May 18, 2020
Both Pakistan and Bangladesh have very low literacy rates, with the exception of the young in Bangladesh.

Islamic countries generally score low on anything when it comes to education.

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Level 59
Apr 27, 2020
Taiwan?
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Level 41
Mar 1, 2021
got taiwan but missed iran and turkey

Sad noises

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Level 45
Nov 24, 2021
i missed taiwan and spain
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Level 26
Feb 8, 2022
missed taiwan :((((
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Level 28
Sep 19, 2022
Only two Spanish speaking countries featured at the list, and the first one, Spain, in the 13th position, behind South Korea. That's a shame. Brazil much worse, and Mexico does not appear. Really the lack of culture in the Latino world is something to be ashamed of.
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Level 32
Oct 9, 2022
Very nice quiz. Almost missed Taiwan but still finished with 45 seconds :0