Released: April 5, 2012

E-book revolution: We’re reading more than ever

Some 21 percent of adults have read an e-book in the past year, according to a new study by the Pew Internet Project. What’s more, readers of e-books read an average of 10 books more per year than readers of print books.

According to the Pew report, the average reader of e-books had read an average of 24 books in the past 12 months compared to 15 books for non e-book consumers.

In effect, the digital revolution really is transforming our reading habits and the publishing industry as a whole – and this is just the beginning.

“Every institution connected to the creation of knowledge and storytelling is experiencing a revolution in the way information is packaged and disseminated,” said Lee Rainie, one of the authors of the Pew Internet Project report, in a statement. “It’s now clear that readers are embracing a new format for books and a significant number are reading more because books can be plucked out of the air.”

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“E-book readers and tablet computers are finding their place in the rhythms of readers’ lives,” said Kathryn Zickuhr, an author of the Pew report, in a statement. “But printed books still serve as the physical currency when people want to share the stories they love.”

We’re glad there’s room for both.

Read the story at http://www.csmonitor.com/Books/chapter-and-verse/2012/0405/E-book-revolution-We-re-reading-more-than-ever