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#1 Rick Spilman

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 06:42 AM

In many respects I do not know why this new study is surprising. Making an activity that people like, more convenient and less expensive induces people to do more ot it. Ebooks kindle a love of reading, so to speak.

The rise of e-reading

21% of Americans have read an e-book. The increasing availability of e-content is prompting some to read more than in the past and to prefer buying books to borrowing them.

Four key takeaways from Pew’s new e-reading study

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 12:45 AM

Thanks for the link, Rick. Very interesting statistics. It's great news for us writers to know that Ebooks are prompting more and more people to read. :wink:

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Posted 16 April 2012 - 10:11 PM

I know I BUY/READ way more books each year since I got my first Kindle. Just bought a Touch last month to replace my previous model.






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Posted 17 April 2012 - 07:37 AM

Very interesting survey. One quibble:

Much is being made of how many print books e-reader owners read, however, I suspect they could have asked better questions here and might be reaching on the conclusions.

Let me give myself as an example. I got my first e-reader (a Kindle) this Christmas. I still read a lot of print books because I have tons of them on my shelf I haven't read yet. But I haven't bought a print book since I got my Kindle (and have bought lots and lots of e-books). I don't think I will be unique in that sense.

I really wished that asked how many print books e-reader owners have purchased since buying their device. I suspect the answer would have been quite different.

They could have also dug deeper on that question and asked why someone was still reading print. I don't think it's the case that I'll never buy a print book again. I'm sure I'll still buy used print books, stuff that hasn't been digitized for whatever reason, and some books for research (still prefer that over digital).
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Posted 17 April 2012 - 05:19 PM


I agree with you that the story could have been written and documented.

There is one possible explanation for an increase in both ebook and print book sales. I will, in some cases, buy used books on Amazon if the price after shipping is still less than the cost of the ebook. I usually prefer an ebook, but especially in those cases where publishers are being stupid in their pricing, I will still buy in print. Unfortunately, the author does not get an additional royalty on the used book, but that is between the author and his or her publisher.

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