I love reading in any format, but there seems to be some friction between ebook and traditional book. According to Bookbaby’s latest data:
- 28% of Americans read at least one eBook last year.
- Only 4% of readers are eBook-only, so print books still play the largest role in book sales.
- 50% of adult Americans (18+) now own either a table or an eReader.
- 32% of eBook readers are reading on their smartphones.
- 50% of readers under the age of 30 read at least one eBook in the past year.
So, when I found this great infographic on TeachingDegree, I thought I’d share. What do you think? E-books and print books; friends or enemies?
I read both, although with an e-ink e-reader I reckon I read faster with the e-reader but I still read both types of books.
Where the e-reader wins is that you turn it on and you’re instantly where you left off. No phaffing. So I can read a couple of quick pages on the lavatory, in a way that you can’t with a print book. That’s probably where I make up the speed. Those quick breaks from being MumZilla.
Ah, the lavatory; the unsung hero of time-pressed workaholics, and library of last resort. I stash mine with comic books, since we have plenty of nephews and nieces who visit, but have a couple of friends who have built quite the library in their guest WC. One of the walls is actually covered with books from end to end…
I remember going to stay with a school friend who had to do 2 hours music practice every morning when I was a kid. I went into their loo and found that it contained every copy of the Giles Cartoon annual from inception to that year. Two and a half hours later, after my friend had finished her music, her Mum tapped timidly on the door to find out if I was OK. Definitely the best loo I’ve ever ‘been’ in, that one.
I’m a peace-loving person, so I’d say friends! My practice is: tons of ebooks and what I rate with 5 stars (like I did with Pearsus: Rise of the Prince) I buy in print. Still expecting my copy though…
Same here. There’s plenty of room for every taste; audiobooks, ebooks, print copies… The more, the merrier! It’s a matter of personal taste and circumstances. For example, on my vacation I always take my Kindle with me, as it can hold as many books as I can read. I do enjoy the feel of paper in my hands, though, so I read print copies whenever I get a chance.