Ebook Statistics: Who Reads Ebooks?

Are ebooks replacing printed books? Do ebook readers read more than print book readers? How many people even read ebooks?

There is a lot of debate in the publishing world about the future of print vs. ebooks. Although more people than ever are reading ebooks, they have not given up on print. A study released earlier this year by the Pew Research Group shows that:

  • 21% of American adults had read an ebook in the previous year.
  • 88% of those who read ebooks also read print books.
  • Ebook readers read an average of 24 books in a year, compared to 15 for non-ebook readers.
  • Readers consume e-content on a variety of devices, ranging from smart phones and tablets to dedicated ereaders and computers.
  • Ebook readers are more likely to have purchased, rather than borrowed, the book they read most recently.
  • Ebook readers are more likely to be under the age of 50, have some college education, and live in a household with an annual income over $50,000.


These and many other interesting statistics are available in the study, which has been turned into an infographic for easy understanding.

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One Response to Ebook Statistics: Who Reads Ebooks?
  1. Ruth Martin
    June 21, 2013 | 1:37 pm

    Love the infographic! I read some eBooks, but it does not surprise me that eBooks have not completely taken over ordinary books. I still find it more relaxing to sit in my easy chair reading a real book, than to sit in my chair with my computer, etc. Thanks for sharing the stats – quite interesting :)
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