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Lovereading’s guide to the world’s most popular books – and a few surprises
December 3, 2014 | 1:27 pm

TheMostPopularBooksofAllTime_5284b9a651a5a-640x4278 UK book discovery and selection site Lovereading has developed this striking - though pretty conjectural - infographic of the most popular books of all time, based on  number of copies sold, translations made, and editions printed. For some titles, especially the Quran and the Bible, these figures are certainly going to be somewhat off target, even more so since the data is just over a year old, but the general picture is clear. I'd really hope against hope that the data on the Quotations from Chairman Mao or The Da Vinci Code is off though....

NYT delivers the art of misery, Russian style
November 28, 2014 | 8:25 pm

The New York Times has just shared a wonderful infographic on the great writers and works of Russian literature - "Unhappy in Their Own Ways." And for anyone looking to reinforce their preconception that Russian literature is all some great Love and Death-style landscape of melancholy and disaster, here's the evidence laid out in strikingly graphic form. For such a serious - yea, gloomy - topic, it's surprisingly fun, but there is an all-too-serious dimension to this. As Masha Gessen revealed in a sobering recent article in The New York Review of Books, "The Dying Russians," Russia is in the grip...

Battle of the genres (infographic)
October 27, 2014 | 12:25 pm

Battle Of The GenresThis is probably the best looking infographic I've seen in a long time. It's showing some of the best-selling books of all time, sorted by genre, to show the best-selling genres of all time. You can quibble with a few of their choices The Thorn Birds as YA? Why only one book in magical realism? However, overall, it makes for interesting viewing. Infographic credit:​...

Infographic: How Americans spend their tablet time
July 13, 2014 | 2:47 pm

tabletA cute interactive infographic  came my way this weekend from the folks at Kensington, exploring how Americans use their tablet devices. There was nothing earth-shaking here, but a few fun facts, including who is most likely to use their tablet in the bathroom (men), who is more likely to prefer a television (senior citizens) and who are the biggest early birds (18-24 year olds). If you are a trivia junkie, you might enjoy this! ...

Infographic from Sainsbury’s on slowing ebook growth
February 5, 2014 | 5:25 pm

There's been lots of discussion lately on slowing eBook growth and the possible reasons behind it. I personally liked Barry Eisler's analysis, discussing that there's a difference between ebook sales slowing and the growth of sales slowing. If you haven't read the article, go and read it. There's lots of good stuff in it, beyond the sales question. Sainsbury's is adding their analysis to the mix with a recent infographic. It's attempting to be balanced and not inflammatory. They point out that there hasn't been a new Hunger Games or 50 Shades to make a dramatic impact in the market. What surprised me...

Popular Electronic Devices In 2013 (Infographic)
January 8, 2014 | 12:15 pm

Top Gadgets & Tech Of 2013: Blackberry Z10, Microsoft Surface, Google Chromebook, OUYA and MoreHere's an interesting infographic about popular electronic devices in 2013. I like how they broke it out into different categories: Winners Clunkers Game Changers Contenders Provided by | Author: Robin Renford | See our Twitter While on the one hand I wish they had added an "eReader" category, I can't fault them for skipping it. It wasn't a particularly exciting year for eReaders. I basically agreed with most of their conclusions, especially in the Tablet area. While I didn't upgrade to an iPad Air, I have to acknowledge that it's a nice device. They scored the 2013 Nexus 7 as a Contender and the Microsoft...

The Life & Times of the Travel Guidebook (Infographic)
September 3, 2013 | 1:37 pm

guidebookCould it actually—finally—be a real possibility that the printed travel guidebook is not long for this digital world? As a former full-time guidebook author myself, I honestly never thought I'd say this, but given the most recent shakeup with the Lonely Planet brand, I suppose it is beginning to look that way. And what an incredible shame that would be. In the meantime, those of you young enough to have never actually purchased or used a physical guidebook might find the following infographic especially educational. Just to state the obvious, it's nowhere near to being a completist look at the history of...

Infographic: E-Reader vs. Octopus Tech Battle! Which is Better?
July 5, 2013 | 1:00 pm

E-readerNo, honest, that's not a linkbait title. Or, well ... not too much of one. My husband found this absolutely awesome infographic on Livescience. Source: LiveScience Check out the image of the cephalopod skin vs. an e-reader display. Kind of creepy how close they are? (And why doesn't WordPress' spell-check recognize cephalopod as a valid word? That's discrimination against lack of a backbone, I'd say!) Wouldn't it be cool if our e-readers could crinkle their displays? Or manufacture their own power? Talk about awesome battery life. Anyway, just enjoy. The infographic kind of says it all....

The public library: Historic artifact or adaptive success?
April 30, 2013 | 2:46 pm

public libraryThe public library question is one we ask ourselves frequently here at TeleRead: In general, how well—or how poorly—are libraries adapting to the Internet age? And how, exactly, are library patrons using their local branches? (As low-cost coffee shops or free Internet cafes, perhaps?) And for that matter, do most patrons consider their local library's print book collection to be just as crucial as it ever was? Tough questions, all of them. If you spend a moment studying the infographic below, which was sent to us today from the website, you'll likely come to the same conclusion we've come to...

Top Five Literacy Infographics
April 19, 2013 | 12:48 pm

InfographicBy Erika Phyall For more than 50 years, National Library Week has highlighted the importance of libraries. Libraries and librarians play a crucial role in promoting reading and literacy. Although teachers often focus on teaching children how to read and building their general reading skills, it is libraries that help foster a love for reading, connecting children with books and communicating the importance of books to parents and the community. In honor of National Library Week, USC Rossier decided to highlight five infographics that also promote literacy. Happy reading!   1. Which Books Should You Read This Summer? Summer is the time to relax on the beach or curl...

Infographic: The Fall of Apple
April 11, 2013 | 4:14 pm

AppleIt's been a while since we've had a decent infographic, no? The graphic below, which suggests that 2013 may be the year Apple's never-ending growth finally steadies out, comes to us courtesy of, a decidedly odd financial blog. (Check out this post, for instance, about the "10 Most Bizarre Banknotes Ever".) Created by

How Many Americans Are Regular Readers?
February 3, 2013 | 4:20 pm

Mike McQueen Getting Boys to ReadThe infographic embedded below isn't new; I'm pretty sure it was created about six months ago, in fact. But aside from its fantastic art, it always shares a truly important message: The vast majority of Americans don't read. Check out the graphic's first three stats, for instance, if you want to feel instantly depressed. (One-third of high school grads never read another book for the rest of their lives? Really?!) I initially found that statistic pretty hard to believe. And unlike most infographics, this one doesn't list its sources. (Shady!) So I decided to do a little research of my own. A Pew study we've...