The number of Americans who read eBooks is on the rise. Last year, 16 percent of all Americans ages 16 and older had read an eBook. Now it’s 23 percent, according to new research from Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project.
And this seems to be affecting print reading habits. Over the past year, the number of Americans aged 16 and older who read print books in fell from 72 percent of the population to 67 percent.
eReader and tablet ownership is also on the rise. The Pew blog explains:
In all, the number of owners of either a tablet computer or e-book reading device such as a Kindle or Nook grew from 18% in late 2011 to 33% in late 2012. As of November 2012, some 25% of Americans ages 16 and older own tablet computers such as iPads or Kindle Fires, up from 10% who owned tablets in late 2011. And in late 2012 19% of Americans ages 16 and older own e-book reading devices such as Kindles and Nooks, compared with 10% who owned such devices at the same time last year. (Via AllThingsDigital).