The Straits Times
Published on Dec 28, 2012

Number of e-book readers increasing in United States: Survey


NEW YORK (REUTERS) - The popularity of electronic books is increasing in the United States (US), with nearly one-quarter of American bibliophiles reading e-books, according to a survey released on Thursday.

The number of e-readers aged 16 years and older jumped from 16 per cent in 2011 to 23 per cent this year, while print readers fell from 72 to 67 per cent in 2012, in a survey conducted by the Pew Research Centre.

"The move toward e-book reading coincides with an increase in ownership of electronic book reading devices," the organisation said. Its report analysed reading trends among the 75 per cent of Americans who read at least one book in the last year.

"In all, the number of owners of either a tablet computer or e-book reading device...grew from 18 per cent in late 2011 to 33 per cent in 2012." People most likely to read e-books are well-educated, 30- to 49-year-olds who live in households earning US$75,000 (S$92,000) or more.