INFOGRAPHIC: How Long Does It Take to Read Popular Books? Lincoln Michel September 12, 2014 Books 9 Comments Ever wondered how long it takes to read The Great Gatsby (2.62 hours) compared to Atlas Shrugged (31.22 hours)? If so, you’ll like this infographic by Personal Creations. It’s similar to an infographic that we made a few months ago comparing the word count of A Song of Ice and Fire to other novels. The times are based on a reading rate of 300 words per minute. 9 Responses JC September 13, 2014 While and interesting graphic, all it really does is illustrate pages per book. The conversion to time offers nothing new and is in fact deceptive. There is no way, for instance, that even a very strong reader can read Dickens faster than the DaVinci a Code…the reading levels (vocabulary, syntax, etc.) are so widely different that one could not possibly read them at the same pace (unless perhaps you’re speed reading, but that’s not the metric represented in the info graphic, nor is would it result in equal understanding of both texts). To really represent how long a book would take to read, you would need to multiply each book’s page count by its reading level (pick a metric, there are many)–like competitive diving multiplies each dive’s scorer by the dive’s defined level of difficulty–then convert that into hours/speed. Otherwise, many readers would select a supposedly short book only to find it takes them much longer (or vice versa) because their own average reading speed was influenced by the text’s difficulty. Reply @tvglud September 13, 2014 I agree… and reading 300 words pr. minute seems too fast really to get an understanding of anything at all… Reply How long to read? & the Death of Adulthood in American Culture | things.i.like.and.want.you.to.like.too. September 14, 2014 […] http://electricliterature.com/infographic-how-long-does-it-take-to-read-popular-books/ […] Reply Paldasan September 16, 2014 If you want a series that blows A Song of Fire and Ice out of the water, both in number of words, quality of writing and level of entertainment then I’d recommend reading the Malazan Book of the Fallen by Steven Erikson. Reply Saturday Miscellany — 9/20/2014 | The Irresponsible Reader September 20, 2014 […] How Long Does It Take to Read Popular Books? — fun infographic […] Reply Plasticrosaries Procrastinates #4 - plasticrosaries.com September 25, 2014 […] although I WILL read them all before October 14th. Matching up perfectly with this topic too, is this infographic, although I can’t say I agree with the accuracy of it all, it’s all statistical and […] Reply Ini Dia 6 Infografis Seru Seputar Membaca Buku! | October 21, 2014 […] http://electricliterature.com/infographic-how-long-does-it-take-to-read-popular-books/ […] Reply How Long Does It Take to Read Your Favorite Books? (Electric Literature) | The 100 Greatest Books Challenge June 25, 2015 […] is the primary reason I found Electric Literature’s infographic on the time it takes to read popular books a little bit amusing and a little bit presumptuous. […] Reply n February 24, 2016 I like this because when you put the classics next to stuff like The Hunger Games you realize that the classics which everyone thinks are sooooooo long are really not that long. I mean back then they used to not do series they just did one book (though some like Dumas, Dickens and Tolstoy serialized their works so you can say in a sense they were a kind of series). The point is if you have the whole story in one book its long but if you add up Harry Potter series or Game of Thrones or whatever they are just as long if not longer. So if length scares you off the classics, and I know it does for many people, it really shouldn’t. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.