Ebook Readers Still Love to Turn a Real Page

    January 16, 2014
    Josh Wolford

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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