eBook and eReader Infographic

I enjoy reading on my various devices (Pad, Phone, Kindle … more on that next week) but what about other people? Has the Kindle, Sony Reader, B&N Nook, Kobo, etc found it’s way into mainstream culture yet in the way the manufacturers have hoped?

Um, no! Even though Amazon claim that more eBooks were bought from their store than physical editions it seems the public is still against the electronic device. The infographic below (click the image for the full version) has some interesting facts and figures.

eBook and eReader Infogrpaphic
eBook and eReader Infographic

Other figures reported are (of the 2,873 surveyed):

  • 68% have not read an eBook.
  • 65% cite lack of device as the reason (I wonder how many had a smartphone and didn’t realise they could still read it?).
  • 88% of those who have not read an eBook say they do not intend to do so in the next six months.
  • 54% of those who have read an eBook didn’t pay for it, while 11% paid more than $11 (about £8).
  • 33% read a reference book (but what kind of reference book? Dictionary, scholarly text, research journal, etc?)
  • 40% have read 6 or more eBooks.

What about you – do you read online, on screen, or will you always want the well-thumbed paper copy?

  • My default now, is to look for a digital version. I get quite stroppy if there isn’t one available and even more stroppy when it costs the same/more than a paper version!

    • I’m with you on that Craig – I refuse to pay for the e version if its anything near the same price for the printed and distributed version. In fact I’ve started looking at eBook only authors to see if there is anything of any quality coming through, considering the news Amazon keep telling us that non-signed authors are topping the charts!

      All the best, David

  • Thanks to Lesley Price for this other link .. Brits are more likely to own an eReader than the Americans – http://www.the-digital-reader.com/2012/04/26/brits-are-more-likely-to-own-ereaders-than-americans/

    Are we less conservative, or more adventurous?

  • I really like my Kindle. It’s easy to pop in my bag and light to carry. It auto saves the page I’ve got to. It holds a great many books giving me the choice to read what I want to.

    However… I tend to use to read novels and not reference books or any associated with my research/studies. Why? Because I still like to mark pages with post-its, pencil in comments. Yes there is a comment facility in the Kindle and a highlighter, but somehow I don’t find this as satisfying as flicking through a real book – possibly as I may looking things up from multiple books at any given time.

    • Hi Sue – I’m with you on that, and I’ve only been using the Kindle Touch and Kindle App for reading fiction and non-fiction. With the cost of the kind of reference material being far higher for print and eBook version (£20+) than a regular novel (£-5) then I’d rather have physical copy.

      Just call me old fashioned, and very carefull with my money, I don’t want to spend that much and lose the digital copy.

      All the best, David