About half of American adults read only hard-copy books, despite the popularity of e-books.
When was the last time you curled up on the couch with a good book – a printed book, one with paper pages and a binding? It may have seemed that print books were going the way of the dinosaurs as the e-book revolution took hold, but that’s not the case.
According to a new Harris poll, 46 percent of American adults said they read only hard-copy books. Plus, another 16 percent of people say they read more print books than e-books.
It also appears that how Americans read can be an indicator of how much they read. “Those who read either more or exclusively in the e-book format are more likely to read over 20 books in an average year (30 percent) than either those who read more/only in hard copy (18 percent) or those who read in both formats equally (21 percent),” a Harris Poll press release said.
Here are some other interesting findings from the Harris poll:
- About 54 percent of Americans read at least some books electronically, including two-thirds of Millennials.
- Women read twice as many books as men.
- On average, Americans read 17 books per year.
I bought a Kindle Fire about four years ago. I remember telling my husband that I didn’t think I would read on it that often. I thought I would use it more for Web browsing and watching movies.
Boy, was I wrong. An avid reader, I haven’t purchased a hard-copy book since I got my Kindle. I love the immediacy in which I can purchase and download e-books (oftentimes in the middle of the night when I’m battling sleeplessness).
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