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E-book Readers on the Rise in the United States


A recent research paper published by Pew Internet found that e-book reading jumped in the United States by late 2012. A survey showed that the number of those who read e-books increased from 16 per cent to 23 per cent among Americans aged 16 or older in the year 2012 compared to the previous year. On the other hand, the number of those reading printed books declined from 72 per cent to 67 per cent.

Library users having borrowed an e-book increased from 3 per cent in 2011 to 5 per cent in 2012. Similarly, the surveyed population has got more aware that libraries offer e-book loans (24 per cent in 2011 versus 31 per cent in 2012).

Among Americans aged 16 or older, 75 per cent stated having read a book on any platform the previous 12 months. Women read more often (81 per cent) than man (70 per cent). Those with college or graduate degrees, those who live in households earning between 50,000 and 75,000 USD, and those whose ages fall between 30 and 49 are more likely to read e-books. Also, there are more e-book readers in urban or suburban regions compared to those living in rural regions.

Coincidentally, the ownership of e-book devices also increased in 2012:

E-reading device ownership

Source (PDF): E-book Reading Jumps; Print Book Reading Declines



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