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Published: Tuesday January 21, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Tuesday January 21, 2014 MYT 5:55:30 AM

Print's numbers up

A PEW Research Center study released last Thursday showed that US readers reach for ink-and-paper books despite the rising popularity of tablets and digital works. While the portion of people who read e-books grew in the past year, most adults in the United States opted for print editions during that same time period, the Pew survey revealed.

“The proportion of Americans who read e-books is growing, but few have completely replaced print books for electronic versions,” researchers said in an overview of the findings. “Print remains the foundation of Americans’ reading habits.”

The percentage of US adults who read an e-book in the past year rose to 28% from 23%.

Meanwhile about seven out of 10 Americans reported reading printed works, in a rise of 4% from 2012. Only 4% of readers claimed to be “e-book only”, according to Pew research. Overall, 76% of US adults read a book in some form during the 12 months prior to the survey, which was taken this month.

The survey also showed that e-book reading devices including tablet computers, are spreading through the American population. About 42% of US adults own tablet computers, up from 34% in September of last year, according to Pew.

Half of Americans have either a tablet computer or dedicated e-reader such as Kindle or Nook, up from 43% in September. – AFP Relaxnews

Tags / Keywords: Lifestyle, Reads, Electronic book, Print book sales, Pew Research Center

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