04 November 2012

Reuters: “E-readers grapple with a future on the shelf”

Now electronic paper companies like E Ink are scrabbling for new ways to sell the technology or in some cases, are pulling the plug entirely.
A recent survey by the Pew Research Center found that of those Americans over 30 who read e-books, less than half do so on an e-reader. For those under 30, the number falls to less than a quarter. Jeremy Wagstaff

I find the statements in this article a little hard to believe, since they are contradicted by other studies I saw lately:

  • A research paper published by on the usage of tablets in the US shows that reading books is by far not a frequent activity on tablets (30.3% of the participants mentioned doing that on a tablet; reading only accounts for 3.5% of the incidences of table use in the study). So if Americans don’t read on tablets and don’t read on e-book readers, how are they consuming e-books?
  • On the other hand a poll on Ars Technica shows a majority of respondents using primarily e-book readers (31.96% using the Kindle, overall 43.83% prefer e-ink devices), with tablets in a distant second place (18.29% for the iPad, 9.72% Android tablets).
  • Another poll on Goodreads, a popular social network dedicated to readers, shows an even greater preference for e-readers: 76.6% versus only 23.4% for the iPad.

Dedicated e-book readers my be slowing down and becoming a niche, but I don’t see them going away anytime soon. I think avid readers will continue to prefer the extended battery life and portability and the distraction-free environment of e-ink readers over tablets.


  1. Well. E-readers are increased day by day. As the busy schedule of people or not of that schedule people used to read the books in website. Actually it is easy to find any books in the website. I have visited some sites such as http://timetoread.co.za/ , http://www.rudenko.com/ebook.html , http://ebook-reader-review.toptenreviews.com/ . So please check it out.

  2. guess you're right nicola, some other site like bookboon dot com offers free kindles, what you think about that?