According to a recent Pew Internet & American Life Project study, ebooks are becoming increasingly popular. In its survey, Pew found that 20% of US adults read an ebook in the past year, and the average reader of ebooks has read 24 books in the past 12 months. Ebook readers read more books regardless of the format and spend more time reading than previously. Pew found that readers like ebooks if they want to get a book quickly and are looking for a wider selection. Ebooks have been much in the news lately. The popularity of ereaders, particularly Amazon's Kindle; the use of tablet computers as ereaders; and the introduction of ebooks in public libraries are leading indicators about the growing importance of ebooks. Electronic books have been around for more than a decade, but they took off in the consumer market only when Amazon introduced the first Kindle ereader in 2007.
Reproduced with permission of the copyright owner. Further reproduction or distribution is prohibited without permission.