Digital vs. Paper

Last week, Pew Research Center issued a report on America’s reading habits.  The study found that 65% of Americans read a print book in the last year. Pew found that 28% of Americans read an e-book and 14% listened to a audio-book in the previous year.

Although the share of e-book readers on tablets more than tripled since 2011 and the number of readers on smartphones has more than doubled over that time, e-book readership only increased from 17% in 2011 to 28% in 2014 and has not changed in the last two years.

Other highlights from Pew’s report Book Reading 2016:

  • Americans read an average of twelve books per year
  • Twenty-eight percent of Americans read books in both digital and print formats
  • Age does not seem to matter, and 6% of 18-29 year-olds only read digital books, 7% of 30-49  year-olds, and  5% of those 50 and older
  • Young people read more than seniors. Eighty percent of 18-29 year-olds read a book in the past year compared with 67% of those 65 and older.

For more information, see Book Reading 2016.

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About Allen Mesch

Allen is a author, educator, and historian. He has written four books: The Analyst; Teacher of Civil War Generals; Your Affectionate Father, Charles F. Smith; and Charles A. Marvin - "One Year. Six Months, and Eleven Days". He teaches classes on the American Civil War at Collin College. He has visited more than 130 Civil War sites and shares his over 4,000 photographs on Civil-War-Journeys.org. He blogs about the Civil War on Salient Points.
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