A growing number of Americans are reading e-books on tablets and smartphones rather than dedicated e-readers. That bring said, printed books still remain much more popular than books in digital formats – at least in the United States. With smartphones, tablets and e-readers reaching mass adoption over the past few years, many have predicted that printed books will soon become a thing of the past. And while it’s true that people use their electronic devices to read, they still rely heavily on ink and paper when it comes to reading books.
According to a new report on book reading published by the Pew Research Center, not only did 73% of U.S. adults read a book in the past 12 months, but the vast majority did so using a book that was printed on paper. Compare the 65% of Americans who read a printed book to the 28% who read an e-book during the same period, and it becomes clear that, for now, most readers don’t see e-books as a replacement for printed books – but rather as a complement to them.