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“The Rise of E-reading” / The average e-book reader read 24 books in the past 12 months

by Will Corry on April 9, 2012 in Apps & Software, Mobile/Tablet, Nuggets, Research, Retail News

E-reader and tablet owners read more books — print and digital — than people who don’t own those devices.

In its new report, “The Rise of E-reading,” the Pew Internet & American Life Project finds that the average e-book reader read 24 books in the past 12 months, while the average non-e-book reader read 15 books. Overall, 41 percent of tablet owners and 35 percent of e-reader owners said they read more now that digital content is available.

Of those who own a dedicated e-reader (like Amazon Kindle or Barnes & Noble Nook), 49% are reading an e-book “on any given day” and 59% are reading a printed book. 39 percent of tablet owners are reading an e-book on any given day and 64 percent are reading a print book.

The longer people own an e-reader or tablet, the more likely they are to say that they are reading more: “45% of those who had owned an e-reader for more than a year said they were reading more, vs. 30% of those who had owned an e-reader for less than six months.”

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