World Bulletin/News Desk
The secretary-general of the Turkish Publishers Association (TYB), Kenan Kocatürk, said the average number of books printed per person in the last year is more than six, dividing the number of books printed in Turkey by the country's population, the Anatolia news agency has reported.
Speaking to Anatolia on Tuesday, Kocatürk was referring to data released in January by the TYB and the Ministry of Culture and Tourism on books published in Turkey in the last year.
Kocatürk stated there is an urban legend in Turkey that says the average number of books read by 10 people is only one. The secretary-general said the current calculations refute this legend.
A total of 480,257,824 books were printed in Turkey in the last year, according to data obtained from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism's International Standard Book Numbers (ISBN) agent. Out of these books, 187 million copies were distributed to the students of the country free of charge as course books by the Ministry of Education.
The ISBN data also show the number of new books published in Turkey in the last year was 42,626. Kocatürk said Turkey was 13th on the list of countries publishing new books in the last year. Turkey is also the 15th biggest country in the world's publishing sector, the secretary-general added.
Speaking about e-book sales, Kocatürk said the number of books released online in 2011 was 1,314 and rose to 2,928 last year.
About 100 young individuals studying at various universities in İstanbul gathered on metrobuses on Tuesday to promote book reading in the country. The students got on metrobuses in İstanbul's Avcılar district and read books until getting off in the city's Zincirlikuyu neighborhood.
President of the İstanbul Culture Academy Foundation Şakir Tanrıver also took part in the book reading activity on the metrobuses. Referring to research conducted in 40 countries around the world determining how many hours people spare in a day to read books, Tanrıver said each individual in Turkey reads books for only 12 seconds daily.
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