Thursday, January 16, 2014

Pew Report: E-Book Readership Is Rising

by Brian R. Fitzgerald)

A new report from the Pew Research Center today: More Americans are reading e-books, but more Americans are reading printed books, too.

The percentage of adults who read an e-book in the past year has risen to 28%, up from 23% at the end of 2012. At the same time, about seven in ten Americans reported reading a book in print, up four percentage points after a slight dip in 2012, and 14% of adults listened to an audiobook.

Most people who read e-books read printed books, too, Pew said. Only 4% of readers stick with just e-books. Not surprisingly, e-book readership is on the rise as more people own tablets and e-readers.

Are more people reading books overall? Yes. Readership in any format — e-book or print — was up to 76% from 74% in 2012. That said, it’s still down from 79% in 2011.

The survey was conducted in Jan. 2-5 among 1,005 U.S. adults, and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.4 percentage points.

Read the full report here.