The popularity of electronic books is increasing in the
United States, with nearly one-quarter of American
bibliophiles reading e-books, according to a survey released
The number of e-readers aged 16 years and older jumped from
16 percent in 2011 to 23 percent this year, while print
readers fell from 72 to 67 percent in 2012, in a survey
conducted by the Pew Research Center.
"The move toward e-book reading coincides with an increase in
ownership of electronic book reading devices," the
organization said. Its report analyzed reading trends among
the 75 percent of Americans who read at least one book in the
"In all, the number of owners of either a tablet computer or
e-book reading device ... grew from 18 percent in late 2011
to 33 percent in 2012."
E-book owners increased from 4 percent in May 2010 to 19
percent in November 2012, while people with tablets jumped
from 3 percent to 25 percent during the same period,
according to the report.
People most likely to read e-books are well-educated, 30- to
49-year-olds who live in households earning $75,000 or more.
More women, 81 percent, read books, compared to 70 percent of
men, and the number of readers declines as people age. The
trend toward e-books impacted libraries, which stocked and
loaned more e-books.
"The share of recent library users who have borrowed an
e-book from a library has increased from 3 percent last year
to 5 percent this year," according to Pew.
Even awareness that library stock e-books has grown, from 24
percent late last year to 31 percent now.
The findings were based on a telephone survey of 2,252
people, aged 16 years and older, across the United States and
a similar poll the year before. It had a 2.7 percent margin