20% Young People Own an eReader

Posted on 04 June 2011

Books are called the best friends of human beings. They not only help us in passing our idle time in a productive way, but also increase our knowledge about everything. People who have hobby of reading books have their brain activity levels higher than those who not. It provides their brains with stimuli, which increases their thinking powers. Previously, books were only available in a form of bundle of papers, bound together with information in scripted on them with ink. Now a days, the trend is changing. People are using technology to quench their thirst of reading in new and innovative styles. Electronic books, commonly known as eBooks are the biggest example of it.

E-Books And E-Readers

Young People Own an eReader

e-book stands for ”electronic book”, they are also known as digital books. They are basically the technological placebos of normal books. In eBook, the text is written in digital form so therefore it requires a medium or a device to read. Previously people used to read eBooks on their Desktops and Laptop personal computers, but now there are several new devices which evolved with the advancement in technology. These devices are known as eReaders, they are specifically designed for reading and are usually with a screen in front, with few keys for operation. One of the most famous eReaders is “Kindle”. eBooks can also be used on various different types of handheld devices like iPods, iPads, PDAs, mobile phones and etc.

Advantages Of E-Books Over Normal Books

Although most people say that they enjoy the classical way of reading books, but they cannot deny that eBooks have many advantages over the normal books.

1) Inexpensive

It has been observed that the eBooks are less expensive as compared to their normal versions available in bookshops.

2) Accessibility

They are easily accessible, for example if you order a book from website you will have to wait for it until it gets shipped to your place, but in case of eBooks you can instantly download it from website.

3) Portability

They are more easy to carry and can save great space.


With the eReaders available in market, you can carry thousands of books with you and it will weigh less than a single hard cover volume.

Percentage Of US Adults Who Read EBooks

There is a general concept that eBooks are a fail and no one use digital devices to read books. This concept is proved false by the statistic of a recent research, which shows that around 8% of the total US adults own an eReader, and 12% are planning to buy one soon. This makes it like 2 in every 10 adults in US either have eReader or are planning to get one. The report on that research also states that around 17% of those who own eReader bought 11-20 eBooks per year and 20% of them bought more than 20 books. This information clearly shows that Americans are into reading, contrary to the myth that Americans as a country don’t read that much.

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