As technology continues to evolve, so does the way people consume books. According to a recent survey conducted by the Pew Research Center, Americans are spreading their book consumption across several formats. The survey revealed that the share of adults who have read print books in the past 12 months still outpaces the share using other forms, but 30% now say they have read an e-book in that time frame.
E-books have become increasingly popular over the past decade, with many people opting for the convenience of digital formats. E-books are typically cheaper than print books, and they can be downloaded and read instantly. Additionally, e-books are often more portable than physical books, making them ideal for people who are always on the go.
However, despite the convenience of e-books, it appears that people are still buying print books. According to the survey, the majority of adults (59%) said they had read a print book in the past 12 months, compared to 30% who had read an e-book. Additionally, the survey found that print books are still the most popular format for reading books, with nearly three-quarters of adults (73%) saying they prefer print books to e-books.
The survey also revealed that people are increasingly turning to audiobooks. According to the survey, 21% of adults said they had listened to an audiobook in the past 12 months, up from 17% in 2018. This suggests that people are increasingly turning to audiobooks as a way to consume books, especially while multitasking.
Overall, it appears that people are still buying e-books, but they are also buying print books and listening to audiobooks. As technology continues to evolve, it will be interesting to see how people’s book consumption habits continue to change.