News BREAKING NEWS: People who buy books generally read more (CNet)

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  1. Drew Wilson

    Drew Wilson AKA IceCube Staff Member Moderator Contributor

    Things might be starting to look up for booksellers, authors, and publishers. A report released today by the Pew Research Center shows that one-fifth of U.S. adults have read an e-book in the last year and that e-reader owners not only prefer to buy rather than borrow books, but they also read more books.

    "Those who have taken the plunge into reading e-books stand out in almost every way from other kinds of readers," the report's authors write. "Foremost, they are relatively avid readers of books in all formats: 88 percent of those who read e-books in the past 12 months also read printed books."

    With funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Pew surveyed nearly 3,000 Americans ages 16 and older last November and December. The research center found that e-book readers go through an average of 24 books a year, while those who don't own the digital devices read an average of 15 books a year.

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  2. HelenaP

    HelenaP go luath.. céanna go luat Established Member Contributor

    You know why I like real books (I've been offered a Kindle as a gift and declined)? After I fall asleep /drop the book in the bathtub while reading, I can dry the book. Not sure, but I don't think you can drop a Kindle in the water and everything be ok.

    Heh, heh... one time, my sister told me that I was Banned from the Bible...
  3. HelenaP

    HelenaP go luath.. céanna go luat Established Member Contributor

    I was actually looking for something like "What are you reading now..." Haven't found it, but when I read Drew's post, I think of the eleven books that I've read since Mother's Day.

    The twelfth book would be an audio - book, but I've been watching Gem fall asleep while listening to it. I doubt I would do any better.

    Have yet to read an e-book. Didn't like using online textbooks, so I know I wouldn't like them for rec reading...

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