Buenos Aires has the highest person to bookstore ratio in the world

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The digital revolution has lead to millions of readers around the world using tablets and kindles, but not so in Buenos Aires, one of Latin America’s great literary cities and which remains the city of books and bookstores. CCTV America’s Joel Richards filed this report from Buenos Aires.

Buenos Aires has the highest person to bookstore ratio in the world

Buenos Aires has the highest person to bookstore ratio in the world

The digital revolution has lead to millions of readers around the world using tablets and kindles, but not so in Buenos Aires, one of Latin America's great literary cities and which remains the city of books and bookstores. CCTV America's Joel Richards filed this report from Buenos Aires.

Photos: Iconic bookstores around the world

Athenaeum bookshop, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Athenaeum bookshop, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Bookworm Cafe, Beijing, China
Bookworm Cafe, Beijing, China
City Lights, San Francisco, California, USA
City Lights, San Francisco, California, USA
City Lights, San Francisco, California, USA
City Lights, San Francisco, California, USA
El Ateneo Bookstore, Buenos Aires, Argentina
El Ateneo Bookstore, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Elliott Bay Book Company, Seattle, Washington, USA
Elliott Bay Book Company, Seattle, Washington, USA
Foyles, London, U.K.
Foyles, London, U.K.
Harvard Coop, Boston, Massachusetts
Harvard Coop, Boston, Massachusetts
Books Kinokuniya, Tokyo, Japan
Books Kinokuniya, Tokyo, Japan
Kramerbooks, Washington, D.C., USA
Kramerbooks, Washington, D.C., USA
Powell's Books, Portland, Oregon, USA
Powell's Books, Portland, Oregon, USA
Shakespeare and Company, Paris, France
Shakespeare and Company, Paris, France
The Strand, New York City, USA
The Strand, New York City, USA
Nanjing xiān fēng (pioneer) bookstore, Nanjing China
Nanjing xiān fēng (pioneer) bookstore, Nanjing China
John K. King Used And Rare Books, Detroit, Michigan, USA
John K. King Used And Rare Books, Detroit, Michigan, USA
Wangfujing bookstore, Beijing, China
Wangfujing bookstore, Beijing, China
The Paperback, Melbourne, Australia
The Paperback, Melbourne, Australia
Munro's books, Victoria, Canada
Munro's books, Victoria, Canada

Highlights:

  • A 2014 survey by World Cities Culture Forum shows the Argentine capital has more books stores per person than any other city in the world and it is not just the quantity. The Ateneo is a tourist attraction in itself, an old theater, now one the most stunning book stores in the world.
  • It is as much a cultural question as it is an economic one. Because while according to UNESCO, Argentina may have one of the highest literacy rates in the region, access to technology and does not yet match that.