The rise of eReading: Are books going to become an endangered species?
Nooks, Kindles, iPads…oh my! Whatever happened to paperback and hardbacks?! They're still here, but according to one source, people who own e-readers are reading more than they might otherwise, as reflected in rising e-book sales. As a result, e-reader sales continue to increase. According to one study conducted in early 2012, 13 percent of those surveyed said they would likely purchase an e-reader in the next six months. And it seems as if people from all walks of life are getting in on the act. While new technology use can sometimes vary according to age group, this doesn't seem to be the case with e-reader use.
Could e-books eventually make good old fashioned books obsolete? Probably not. One reason? For now, only 20 percent of e-reader owners say that the e-content they want is always available. What's more, sometimes nothing beats the look and feel of a physical book, especially where early childhood education is concerned. After all, you can't really "Pat the Bunny" if he's behind a touch screen. At least not yet. But the number of people using e-readers is growing. Learn more about the need to e-read.
e-Reader Statistics, Statistic Brain, April 2012, http://www.statisticbrain.com/e-reader-statistics/
eReader Growth Among Americans Surpasses Previous Expectations, Digital Journal, May 2011, http://digitaljournal.com/article/307212
The Rise of e-Reading, Pew Internet & American Life Project, April 2012, http://pewinternet.org/Presentations/2012/Jun/The-Rise-of-EReading.aspx
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