E-Reading Americans On The Rise, Yet Print Books Remain Most Popular
January 17, 2014

E-Reading Americans On The Rise, Yet Print Books Remain Most Popular

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redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online

The percentage of Americans who read e-books is on the rise, although few have entirely replaced print books for electronic versions, a new Pew Research Center poll finds.

The survey of more than 1,000 people revealed that the percentage of adults who have read an e-book in the past year jumped 28 percent, up from 23 percent at the end of 2012. At the same time, roughly 70 percent of Americans reported reading a book in print, a four percentage point increase following a slight decline in 2012; 14 percent report they have listened to an audiobook.

However, the rising popularity of e-books doesn’t mean it has replaced conventional print books.

“Print remains the foundation of Americans’ reading habits,” Pew said.

Indeed, most people who read e-books also read print books, with just four percent of readers classifying themselves as reading e-books only.

Overall, audiobook listeners have the most diverse reading habits, while fewer print readers consume books in other formats.

Overall, 76 percent of US adults reported reading a book in some format over the previous year, with the typical American reading or listening to five books during that time. The average for all adults was 12 books, Pew reported.

Both the mean and the median number of books read by Americans have remained fairly steady over the past few years, according to the survey.