Time necessary to read selected bestsellers

Time necessary to read selected bestsellers (in hours)

by Statista Research Department, last edited Sep 8, 2014
Time necessary to read selected bestsellers This statistic presents the time necessary to read the selected bestsellers. "A Song of Ice and Fire" by George R.R. Martin (consisting of 1,770,000 words) takes 98.33 hours to be read from cover to cover.
Reading habits in the United States – additional information

‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ is a series comprised of five books by the author George R.R. Martin. The first book in the series entitled ‘A Game of Thrones’ was first published in 1996 and was adapted into a fantasy series by HBO productions in 2011. Due to the popularity of the TV series, Martin’s books have become top sellers and in 2013, ‘A Game of Thrones’ sold over 1 million units in the United States alone. The other four books from the series all featured in the top 10 selling mass-market paperback books of 2013. It has been suggested that Martin’s sales will remain popular with two more books promised in the future which will continue to inspire the TV series.
Whether or not a book’s popularity is created by a television or cinematic adaptation, reading remains a popular pastime for Americans. In March 2014, American readers were surveyed on how their reading habits had changed over the previous six months. Of respondents who stated that they now read less than they did before, 26 percent were female and 19 percent were male. However, 53 percent of men and 48 percent of women stated that their reading habits hadn’t changed and they were reading the same amount.
Innovations in technology now mean that more book forms are available to consumers, whether that is the traditional printed format, the audio book or the electronic format available via smartphones, tablets and e-readers. Six percent of women and six percent of men in March 2014 stated that they only read e-books. In comparison, 44 percent of men and 48 percent of women only read hard copy books which suggest that the traditional format is still favored among readers in the United States.
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Time necessary to read selected bestsellers (in hours)

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Time in hours
A Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones)* by George R.R. Martin98.33
Harry Potter* by J.K. Rowling60.23
The Bible 43.79
Twilight Saga* by Stephanie Meyer31.98
Lord of the Rings* by J.R.R. Tolkien26.28
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell23.23
The Hunger Games* by Suzanne Collins16.75
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott10.21
Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe9.26
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larson9.19
The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffengger8.65
The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown7.72
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens7.52
Interview With The Vampire by Anne Rice7.24
Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert7.22
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen6.74
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen6.63
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov6.25
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte6
Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift5.96
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini5.95
Life oF Pi by Yann Martel5.61
The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank4.6
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley4.19
A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett3.67
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne3.52
Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder2.89
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Firtgerald2.62
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho2.18
Time in hours
A Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones)* by George R.R. Martin98.33
Harry Potter* by J.K. Rowling60.23
The Bible 43.79
Twilight Saga* by Stephanie Meyer31.98
Lord of the Rings* by J.R.R. Tolkien26.28
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell23.23
The Hunger Games* by Suzanne Collins16.75
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott10.21
Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe9.26
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larson9.19
The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffengger8.65
The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown7.72
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens7.52
Interview With The Vampire by Anne Rice7.24
Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert7.22
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen6.74
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen6.63
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov6.25
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte6
Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift5.96
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini5.95
Life oF Pi by Yann Martel5.61
The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank4.6
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley4.19
A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett3.67
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne3.52
Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder2.89
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Firtgerald2.62
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho2.18
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by Statista Research Department, last edited Sep 8, 2014
This statistic presents the time necessary to read the selected bestsellers. "A Song of Ice and Fire" by George R.R. Martin (consisting of 1,770,000 words) takes 98.33 hours to be read from cover to cover.
Reading habits in the United States – additional information

‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ is a series comprised of five books by the author George R.R. Martin. The first book in the series entitled ‘A Game of Thrones’ was first published in 1996 and was adapted into a fantasy series by HBO productions in 2011. Due to the popularity of the TV series, Martin’s books have become top sellers and in 2013, ‘A Game of Thrones’ sold over 1 million units in the United States alone. The other four books from the series all featured in the top 10 selling mass-market paperback books of 2013. It has been suggested that Martin’s sales will remain popular with two more books promised in the future which will continue to inspire the TV series.
Whether or not a book’s popularity is created by a television or cinematic adaptation, reading remains a popular pastime for Americans. In March 2014, American readers were surveyed on how their reading habits had changed over the previous six months. Of respondents who stated that they now read less than they did before, 26 percent were female and 19 percent were male. However, 53 percent of men and 48 percent of women stated that their reading habits hadn’t changed and they were reading the same amount.
Innovations in technology now mean that more book forms are available to consumers, whether that is the traditional printed format, the audio book or the electronic format available via smartphones, tablets and e-readers. Six percent of women and six percent of men in March 2014 stated that they only read e-books. In comparison, 44 percent of men and 48 percent of women only read hard copy books which suggest that the traditional format is still favored among readers in the United States.
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