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yourlibrarian ([personal profile] yourlibrarian) wrote in [community profile] ebooks2014-04-17 04:38 pm

New Poll Finds Majority of Americans Read Ebooks

Thought others here might find this new article to be of interest.

"Some 54% of Americans currently read ebooks, according to the new poll, conducted in March 2014 among 2,234 U.S. adults. This result conflicts with a recent study from Pew, which found in January 2014 that 28% of Americans read an ebook in the last year.

The Harris Poll also found that those who read ebooks more read more books on average than other Americans. About a third of those who read ebooks exclusively or more than print read more than 20 books a year, while about a fifth of those who read more in print read more than 20 books a year.

Ebook readers also purchase more books, about double what other readers buy."
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[personal profile] jesse_the_k 2014-04-17 11:34 pm (UTC)(link)
Wow, that's fascinating and counter-intuitive.

I used to be a big print book buyer, but ebooks makes book buying so easy, so frictionless in the 21st century marketing jargon, that I only buy print books which celebrate their printed nature. That is to say graphic novels, comics, photography. Since these books tend to be slightly more costly per page retail than running text, perhaps my total spending hasn't changed?
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[personal profile] yhlee 2014-04-18 02:06 am (UTC)(link)
My deadtree book spending has gone down, but this isn't really useful anecdata since the amount of reading I do in total has gone down a lot. The deadtree book spending is really a reflection of that. I'm not doing a huge amount of ebook reading either (and what I do is largely fanfic off AO3, or else short sf/f epubized to be more portable). Still, I wouldn't have expected this result!
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[personal profile] muccamukk 2014-04-18 02:24 am (UTC)(link)
I wonder if part of the buying more books thing is that it's so difficult to lend or swap e-books.

If I'm all legal and proper, I have to buy a copy for me, and then if I want my friend to read it, I have to buy her a copy as well. If it were a paper book, I'd have just lent her the ruddy thing.

That said, I buy about the same number of books as I always have, but mostly buy them in e-book these days, as it takes less space.
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[personal profile] sanacrow 2014-04-18 04:32 am (UTC)(link)
I definitely buy more books since I went to mostly ebooks. Reading paper had gotten so difficult that I was reading a small fraction of my "normal" amount. Ebooks don't hurt to read - the reader is lighter than a small paperback, I can tap instead of turning pages, and I can make the text as big as I want. (And I can't believe so many people read so few books. I'd die if I could only read 20 books in a year! A month.... maybe.)
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[personal profile] malnpudl 2014-04-18 05:21 am (UTC)(link)
I'm with you. I love my e-reader more than words can say because I can see everything clearly and because reading is pain-free. It's rare when both of these things are true with a paperback, much less a hardbound book.
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[personal profile] doeeyedbecky 2014-04-26 05:43 am (UTC)(link)
Amazon allows you to lend 'paid' books to whoever you'd like for a period of up to 2 weeks.

My roommate lent me a book she had 'bought'/gotten for free from Amazon when the pfice had returned to $2.99.
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[personal profile] finch 2014-04-18 05:00 am (UTC)(link)
Most of my paper book buying is secondhand, so certainly my book buying is a lot more /trackable/ now. I also am much more likely to just go ahead and buy something that looks interesting on Kindle or Comixology or Smashwords or this or that bundle or... yeah. I am given many more opportunities on any given day to buy ebooks, basically.
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[personal profile] madfilkentist 2014-04-18 09:27 am (UTC)(link)
Something weird is going on when two poll results differ that radically. Perhaps they were actually asking different questions? It's typical for polls to be reported very sloppily.

I'm not convinced that 54% of Americans read books. 54% reading e-books is really implausible.
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[personal profile] doeeyedbecky 2014-04-26 05:55 am (UTC)(link)
I find that number to be awfully low myself, expecially with the amount of number of free books available on Amazon alone. Add in ARc/Omnilit, Smashwords and ARCs available from Netgalley or the authors directly and the numbers jump drastically.

I've read 55 books this year alone, and that's reading 1-2 hours a night.