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Why do you think that the English speaking countries are "into reading" the most? All nations that have written language are into reading. Not to mention that a lot of people read in different languages.
Now - if you are asking what language people read the most if English is excluded, I suspect the answer will be Spanish, Chinese, Russian or French - simply based on history, population and what language people had learned.
And as for languages - in Russia, I suspect the most wanted are English, Spanish, French and so on -- based on number of books originally written in these languages. In USA - Spanish, French, Russian. Somewhere else - depends on what is now in the market.
Now - why do you ask? :)
elitetranslingo asks because he/she is into (quote from his/her profile) "Professional book and website translation services with high quality and low cost."
And I don't really understand the question(s). Most languages required? Nations more into reading? ??
Being "into reading" and needing translations do not go together: for example, as far as I know lots of Dutch people read English.
Yes, lots of Dutch people do, but not everyone. English books are faster (no translation time), cheaper (no translation costs) and there are a lot more books to choose from (no selection by the Dutch publisher). But if your English is not up to it, you're stuck with translated books.
Most of the reading people with a small native language read in more than one language... There are exceptions but
PS: And English books are rarely cheaper than a local version -- they should be but at the end due to way too many reasons, it is cheaper to buy a translated version.
Dutch books are here (NL) definitely NOT cheaper than English books. The average Dutch book costs €20-25 and the average English book €5-10. Yes. Really.
Paperbacks? OK - I guess it is country based. In Bulgaria for the most part the Bulgarian ones are either cheaper or close in price.
In Germany it depends whether it's UK or US. UK books are more expensive than German ones (by a € or two). US books are cheaper.
Dutch books are usually very big paperbacks.
Hardcovers and/or mmpb are published (many) years later, when all the expensive books are sold out. "New edition for the fans" is what they say then. But all the real fans already bought the expensive book when it was new. >:-( I do NOT like Dutch publishers. (But I think you got that, didn't you? ;-) )
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