Pew Study on Book and Ebook Readership
June 10, 2014
I stumbled across this study by the Pew Research Center while searching for information on format transition for the Collection Budget Team. I really thought these results were interesting enough to share with a wider group. Among the findings:
Half of Americans now own either a tablet or an e-reader
A third say they read an ebook in the last year, compared to 78% who read a book in any format including audiobook
In the 2014 results, 32% read a book on a cell phone, 55% on a tablet, and 57% on an e-reader
87% of ebook readers also read a print book, and 29% also listened to an audiobook
A majority of print readers still read only in that format, while 35% also read an ebook.
I don’t know if this indicates long term whether ereading will largely replace print reading someday or settle into a permanent niche at a certain level. What does seem clear is that both methods of reading will co-exist with significant overlap for quite some time.