New study: Both print and e-books are popular

According to The Associated Press a new survey from the Pew Research Center reports that more adults than ever own an e-reading device, but print books remain extremely popular.

Based on interviews conducted earlier this month, the study released today shows half of the respondents saying they have a tablet or stand-alone e-reader device such as’s Kindle. This is an increase from 43 percent in September.

The survey says nearly 3 out of 10 adults read an e-book over the past year, compared to 23 percent who had done so when asked in 2012. Only around 4 percent read e-books exclusively.

So while the proportion of Americans who read e-books is growing, few have completely replaced print books for electronic versions.

Sales for e-books are growing, but have leveled off over the past couple of years. They’re believed to comprise 25 to 30 percent of the general trade market, with commercial fiction especially popular for e-books.

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