Digital bookworms on the rise

More an more people are reading e-books, a survey revealed

28 Dec 2012


Many people will have opened an e-reader this Christmas, and latest statistics show more and more of us are reading e-books.


A study revealed nearly one in four Americans read an e-book over the past 12 months. This was compared to 16% during the same period a year earlier, according to the Pew Internet Research Centre survey of over 16s.
The survey found around one in three people owned an e-book device or tablet. In 2011 the number of people owning such a device was less than a fifth.

Researchers cited the growing popularity of devices such as the iPad, Kindle, Nook and other tablets and e-readers.
When it came to just owning e-readers, the number was nearly one in five.
This year has seen the e-reader market bolstered by devices with higher resolution screens and built-in LED lighting for when people want to read while their bed partner sleeps, and the survey found people aged 30 to 49 are most likely to read e-books.

The Pew study of 2,252 people also showed people were reading fewer traditional books, with nearly three-quarters reading them in 2011 falling to two-thirds in 2012 as many ditch hardbacks for e-books.

The authors wrote: "The move toward e-book reading coincides with an increase in ownership of electronic book reading devices. In all, the number of owners of either a tablet computer or e-book reading device grew from 18% in late 2011 to 33% in 2012."