Books or E-Books? Our Changing Reading Habits
It used to be that one way to kill time was to pick up a good book. Now it is becoming more and more likely that we will be picking up a good e-book device or tablet. A new Pew Internet Research Center study reported by NBC found that an increasing number of Americans are using e-books rather than paper books to do their reading. The numbers probably aren’t surprising given the number of devices available.
–The percentage of Americans aged 16 and older who read an e-book grew from 16 percent in 2011 to 23 percent this year.
–Readers of traditional books dropped from 72 percent to 67 percent.
–Those owning an e-book device or tablet jumped from 18 percent to 33 percent, with much of that increase coming from last year’s holiday season, when millions received Kindles, Nooks and other e-readers as gifts.
While I am not surprised at the results of the survey I personally insist of paper books. I just like the feel of a book in my hand. Of course when I tell my daughter or grandkids this I get the expected eye roll. Oh well, as long as it’s a book they’re involved with rather than a video game I should count it as a small victory.