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E-Reading On The Rise, Books Keep Losing Ground – Infographic

The tactile pleasure of worn pages between your fingers is hard to replace. But when it comes to encouraging people to embrace the written word, e-readers trump their physical counterparts.

According to the infographic below, people who own e-book devices say they read more than people who don’t, at a rate of 24 books per year to 15. Education, escape, relaxation and entertainment rank as people’s main motivations to plow through books — proving that, whether electronically or via dead tree, reading remains a popular pastime.

E-readers are also rising in popularity, signaling that it may not be impossible to imagine a world without traditional books sometime in the not-so-distant future.

Before you scoff, consider this: From December 2011 to January 2012, e-reader ownership nearly doubled, from 10 percent to 19 percent, among American adults. And that stunning surge in just one month’s time doesn’t even account for tablets or other mobile electronic devices people use to read books and longform content. Worldwide, meanwhile, e-reader sales rose by nearly 3 million between 2010 and 2011.

It’s also interesting to look at the relationship between actual e-book consumption and ownership of a device that enables users to read books electronically. According to one study, 29% of American adults own a personal e-book device, tablets included. But just 21% of adults had actually read an e-book in the past year as of February 2012.

All this information and more comes to us from the online education portal Schools.com, which surveyed a handful of sources from around the web to produce the following infographic. Check it out below, then let us know in the comments — do you think traditional books will ever die out?

Source: Mashable.com, Schools.com


Reading Habits: The DNA Of A Good Book – Infographic

When you’re curled up with a good book that you just can’t set aside, whether it’s a physical book or an ebook, do you know what makes it so compelling? Is it the mystery, the suspense? Maybe it’s the romance.

Turns out men and women have very different habits when it comes to picking a good book. Men prefer books of a historical nature while women opt for romance and literature.

This data is from HipType, a company that gathers analytics data from e-readers for authors. It analyzes a range of books, according to HipType, “including everything from major bestsellers to obscure titles that only a few thousand people have read.”

For this infographic, the company studied the DNA of a successful book as well as the reading habits of men and women, and found that women are 50% more likely to finish a book than men. Just how long is our collective attention span? Turns out the average length of the bestseller list 375 pages. That’s a good thing because the survey shows only 74% of people actually finish a book over 400 pages.

If you’re a fan of ebooks, you likely live in a city. The survey finds 82% of people who read ebooks actually live in cities.

Source: Mashable.com, hiptype