There is a stark contrast between hardcore and casual readers, in the respect of how many books a year they read. Buying a dedicated e-reader allows you to buy more books, because they are much more affordable than buying real ones. Elderly people are starting to gravitate to them in record numbers, due to the fact you can enlarge the fronts, instead of having to buy pricey large print books. Lets face it, if you are a serious reader, you have an e-reader.
A new study by Quick Reads looked into why people gravitate towards an e-reader. According to the report 48% of UK adults who use e-readers say the technology allows them to read more. In addition to that, 41% reported that being able to look up words they don’t know makes reading easier, and over 50% were enamored with changing the font types and sizes.
One of the ways e-readers help you read more, is being able to easily purchase the next book in a series, after you read the first one. The Game of Thrones television show may have got your attention, and it is quite easy to purchase the first eBook on a whim, and then immediately purchase each subsequent edition.
e-Readers are also getting quite popular with readers who juggle genres and have their guilty pleasures. Its quite easy to amass a digital collection of trashy romance or fantasy books and not have them take up valuable shelf-space. Many voracious readers have reported that they are now more discerning on what books they physically buy, and showcase to the circle of friends. They also have an anonymity factor, you can read more books in public, without looking conspicuous.
Have e-readers changed the reading habits of the general public? Is this study valid? I have always surmised that people either receive e-readers as gifts, and never use them, or by the very hardcore reader.
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times.