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Survey of E-book Users
April 6, 2012 at 8:57 am #158189
As the number of Americans that own tablet computers and e-book reading devices has increased, so has the percentage of adults who report that they have read an e-book in the past year.
In a February survey, 21% of adults said they had read a e-book in the last year, compared to 17% who reported doing so in December. This tracked with a major spike in ownership of e-reader devices that occurred during the holiday gift-giving season in December. During that period, ownership of an e-book reader or a tablet each increased to 19% of adults, compared to 10% for each device in mid-December.
Those who read e-books read more books than those who don’t have the devices: The average reader of e-books has read 24 books (the mean number) in the past 12 months, compared with an average of 15 books by a non-e-book consumer. For device owners, those who own e-book readers also stand out. They say they have read an average of 24 books in the previous year (vs. 16 books by those who do not own that device). They report having read a median of 12 books vs. 7 books by those who do not own the device).
While e-book reading is markedly growing, printed books still dominate the world of book readers. In a December 2011 survey, 72% of American adults said they had read a printed book and 11% listened to an audiobook in the previous year, compared with the 17% of adults who had read an e-book.
The rise of e-books in American culture is part of a larger story about a shift from printed to digital material. Using a broader definition of e-content in a survey ending in December 2011, some 43% of Americans age 16 and older say they have either read an e-book in the past year or have read other long-form content such as magazines, journals, and news articles in digital format on an e-book reader, tablet computer, regular computer, or cell phone.
April 6, 2012 at 9:00 am #158196
Comments from Mashable:
Americans Reading More Ebooks on Computers Than Ereaders, Phones [STUDY]
One in five Americans read an ebook in the past year, according to a 3,000-person survey released Wednesday by the Pew Research Center. Of those one in five, 42% said they read an ebook on a computer, making it the most popular device for reading electronic copies of books.
April 6, 2012 at 1:25 pm #158194
Wow, that is surprising. I hate reading books on my computer, or even on my tablet as the lit screen hurts my eyes. Give me the unlit Kindle screen any day. More like an actual book, but with the capability to change the font size.
April 12, 2012 at 2:43 pm #158192
Emily Clifton StumpParticipant
I agree with Ed – I recently tried out a Kindle from a friend as well as a Nook Color from the library on a trip. The Kindle won hands down for ease of reading, because the e-ink is designed to eliminate eye strain you get from normal LCD screens. The Nook Color was cool, but not really functional for someone like me. I read three or four books a week and listen to one or two a month in the car. I’ll probably stick with these for awhile.
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