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Who Reads More Books – E-Reader Users or Book Owners?

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By now you’ve probably seen lots of people toting around e-readers like the Amazon Kindle. They let you carry thousands of books in a slim, lightweight device — but do the people who use them actually read more?

According to a recent survey by Harris Interactive, they do. In fact, e-reader owners often read a lot more than those who don’t own such devices.

It could have something to do with book prices. Electronic versions are often (but not always) cheaper than their paper counterparts. For example, on Amazon, Michael Lewis’ ‘Moneyball’ has a list price of $15.95, but it’s $8.29 on the Kindle and $9.72 for the paperback version.

Or maybe it’s just simple convenience. It’s certainly easier to have a lot of books at your fingertips with an e-reader. But regardless, device owners certainly do read more.

Here are some poll findings.

Among e-reader users:

  • Almost three-quarters read six or more books in an average year
  • 24 percent read between six and 10 books
  • 21 percent read between 11 and 20 books
  • 29 percent read more than 20 books

Among non e-reader users:

  • 18 percent don’t read any books in an average year
  • 60 percent read five or fewer books
  • 19 percent read between one and two books
  • 21 percent read between three and five books

[ABC News]

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