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More Americans Reading E-Books, but Holding onto Print as Well

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The proportion of Americans who read e books is growing, but few have completely replaced print books for electronic versions.

According to a study by Pew Internet, the percentage of adults who read an e-book in the past year has risen to 28%, up from 23% at the end of 2012. At the same time, about seven in ten Americans reported reading a book in print, up four percentage points after a slight dip in 2012, and 14% of adults listened to an audiobook.

Though e-books are rising in popularity, print remains the foundation of Americans' reading habits.

Most people who read e-books also read print books, and just 4% of readers are "e-book only." Audiobook listeners have the most diverse reading habits overall, while fewer print readers consume books in other formats.


The survey was conducted among a nationally representative sample of 1,005 adults ages 18 and older living in the continental United States

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