Ebook Readers Still Love to Turn a Real Page

    January 16, 2014
    Josh Wolford
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Ebooks still haven’t killed off print books, just in case you were wondering.

Years ago, when ebooks and ereaders first began to climb in popularity, a common question was “will ebooks kill print?” Some people thought that we were on the precipice of a revolution – the freedom to never again have to comb through a dusty book in its physical form. No more papercuts, am I right? Of course, there were plenty of voice urging those other voices to hold their horses.

Well, it’s 2014, and apparently people still love the feel of a real book in their hands – at least according to a new study from Pew.

From the survey in Pew’s Internet & American Life Project:

“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 4% of readers are ‘e-book only.’ Audiobook listeners have the most diverse reading habits overall, while fewer print readers consume books in other formats.”

Takeaway? Readers love to read – in any format. Only 4% of those surveyed have made a complete break with traditional books – a small portion of the 28% of Americans that read an ebook last year (that number is up from 23%, by the way).

Long live books (of all kind, but especially the ones with pages)!

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  • http://www.seventhman.com/ Shaleen Shah

    This is intriguing; I thought everyone has already learned to adapt to eBook readers, but then again – not everybody in the world has one. If you ask me, there’s this certain nostalgia (call it romance) associated with turning that page. The touch, the smell, the look of the book make for that sensory overload you won’t get to experience from reading eBooks.

  • alison farrin

    My shelf library has about 500 real books in it as compared to just short of 1000 on my Kindle. The shelf library has been relegated to hold those books I love so much that I really want a hard copy. Some days I do just want to curl up with a cup of hot chocolate and a real book, but in truth, I probably read 50 e books to every real book I pick up now.