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A fifth of American adults -- 17% in a pre-holiday survey, 21% in a post-holiday survey --have read an e-book in the past year and the number of e-book readers grew after a major increase in ownership of e-book reading devices and tablet computers during the holiday gift-giving season.
The average reader of e-books says she 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.
30% of those who read e-content say they now spend more time reading, and owners of tablets and e-book readers particularly stand out as reading more now.
The prevalence of e-book reading is markedly growing, but printed books still dominate the world of book readers.
E-book reading happens across an array of devices, including smartphones.
The availability of e-content is an issue to some.
The majority of book readers prefer to buy rather than borrow.
- 54% of print readers
- 61% of ebooks readers
- 32% of audiobook listeners
Overall, people read for a variety of reasons.
- 80% for pleasure
- 78% to keep up with current events
- 74% do research on specific topics that interest them
- 56% work or school
Demographics of ebook readers
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution attempts to get a handle on the ebook era. (4/2/2012)
And I quote from "Bringing Up an E-Reader". (3/29/2012)
The Philadelphia Inquirer editorial board weighs in on ebooks and libraries. (3/19/2012)
Carl Zimmer responds to Franzen. (1/31/2012)
It's only Monday but this is still the best ebook headline of the week. (1/20/2012)
Jonathan Franzen has something to say about ebooks. (1/30/2012)
As they have been doing all along, libraries adapt to technology. (1/29/2012)
Floating an Idea: The Harvard Library Innovation Laboratory's Library License. (1/17/2012)
Getting in line @ your library for ebooks. (1/15/2012)
The Post-Christmas ebook sales surge. (1/10/2012)
Honey, we've been 'trying' it. For years. (12/25/2011)
Chris Bohjalian on our totemic connection to books. (12/20/2011)
Hold that bricks-and-mortar bookstore obituary. (12/13/2011)
Your local public library: The greenest option of all in the ebooks vs. print books debate. (12/11/2011)
Go directly to Amazon, do not pass library. (11/3/2011)
Ebooks in U.S. public libraries. (10/22/2011)
How ebook buyers discover books. (9/27/2011)
Cookbooks make the transition to digital publishing. (9/27/2011)
Redefining what an ebook is and who gets to publish it. (9/19/2011)
The L.A.Times on ebooks: An Amazon tablet, push into interactivity. (9/16/2011)
The Economist: "Great digital expectations". (9/16/2011)
Lev Grossman presents a short history of the reading device.. (9/6/2011)
Speaking of gadgets, here's the latest iteration of ebooks. (8/25/2011)
Sounds like another digital divide in the making. (7/30/2011)
Libraries and ebooks: Any book, not any time soon. (6/1/2011)
On the distinction between the book reader and the book owner. (5/10/2011)
Demand for ebooks grows exponentially in Wisconsin. (5/2/2011)
Struggling to find an ebook common agenda between libraries and publishers. (4/5/2011)
Ebooks and libraries: "The challenges just keep piling up". (3/28/2011)
Publishers Weekly tracks ebook sales. (3/18/2011)
Word is getting out: Ebooks @ your library. (3/18/2011)
Ebooks continue to gain market share. (3/17/2011)
Publishers look to bottom line in formulating ebook policies for libraries. (3/15/2011)
News stories on HarperCollins ebook decision go mainstream. (3/5/2011)
9 years of book sales: trade and ebook. (2/17/2011)
Will ebook readers be wooed by Barbara Cartland? (2/12/2011)
The impact of ebooks on libraries. (2/11/2011)
OverDrive news release: Library eBook circs up 200% in '10. (1/10/2011)
Mashable: 5 ebook trends that will change the future of publishing. (12/29/2010)
Christmas 2010 the tipping point for ebooks? (12/24/2010)
Ereader as brown paper bag. (12/9/2010)
The ebook reader compatibility surprise. (12/3/2010)
Ereader ownership: Survey says.... (11/30/2010)
David Carnoy asks, "Does the Kindle pay for itself?" (11/29/2010)
Need to repair that ebook reader? (11/19/2010)
Who uses an ereader: Survey says.... (9/22/2010)
Book industry wrestles with print vs. pixels. (9/2/2010)
Coming soon to a screen near you: Ads in ebooks. (8/20/2010)
Ebooks now comprise 8.5% of book sales. (8/12/2010)
Genre paperback publishers drops print. (8/6/2010)
Ebooks and libraries. (5/4/2010)
Ebooks eliminate a free form of adversiting: the book jacket. (3/31/2010)
Ebooks: another round of false promises? (3/19/2010)
The skinny on ebooks. (3/8/2010)
Hardcover vs. ebook: Breaking down the costs. (3/1/2010)