Most People Still Prefer Real Books to E-Books

About half of American adults read only hard-copy books, despite the popularity of e-books.

Most People Still Prefer Real Books to E-Books Photo (cc) by Kamil PorembiƄski

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).

Do you read e-books or hard-copy books? Share your comments below or on our Facebook page.

Krystal Steinmetz
Krystal Steinmetz
A former television and radio reporter, I stay at home with my two young children, run a small craft business and freelance for Money Talks News. I have a BA in journalism ... More


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