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1/17/2014 (1 year ago)

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More than half of all Americans claim to have electronic tablet to read books

Every home has a kitchen - but many people visit restaurants several times a week. So it is with the e-book, an electronic tablet that aids in the reading of the printed word. More than half of all Americans claim to have them - but fear not for the printed word, as traditional books are just as popular now as ever.

'The proportion of Americans who read e-books is growing, but few have completely replaced print books for electronic versions,' Pew says.

"The proportion of Americans who read e-books is growing, but few have completely replaced print books for electronic versions," Pew says.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

1/17/2014 (1 year ago)

Published in Technology

Keywords: E-book, printed word, book sales, Audiobooks


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - According to a recent study, 28 percent of Americans read at least one e-book in 2013 up from 23 percent the year earlier, according to a new survey of more than 1,000 adults from the Pew Research Center.

Surprisingly, the percentage of people who read print books increased as well with 69 percent claiming they had read at least one print book, a rise of four percent from the previous year.

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"Though e-books are rising in popularity, print remains the foundation of Americans' reading habits. Most people who read e-books also read print books, and just four percent of readers are 'e-book only,'" the study's authors said.

Audiobook listeners, those who listen to books that are read aloud on tape or CD have the most diverse reading habits overall the study found. Fewer print readers consume books in other formats.
 
"Overall, 50 percent of Americans now have a dedicated handheld device-either a tablet computer like an iPad, or an e-reader such as a Kindle or Nook-for reading e-content," the center said. "That figure has grown from 43 percent of adults who had either of those devices in September."

The study shows 50 percent of respondents saying they have a tablet or stand-alone device such as Amazon.com's Kindle, up from 43 percent in September. Only around four percent read e-books exclusively.

While sales for e-books are growing, but have leveled off over the past couple of years. They're believed to comprise 25 to 30 percent of the general trade market, with commercial fiction especially popular for e-books.

"The proportion of Americans who read e-books is growing, but few have completely replaced print books for electronic versions," Pew says.

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