The Three Most Used Devices to Read eBooks Today
21 Sep 2017
Despite what some cynical individuals claim, people still read - and they read a lot. Television and the internet haven't achieved what it was predicted to do, to turn away people from books toward an easier to digest form of consuming information. Written word still has more than enough fans all over the world to keep the publishing industry alive and well, even if the formats in which books are read have changed quite a lot recently. So, let's take a look at what the most popular devices are among those still reading books (the majority).
1. Printed books
Even though electronic publishing is far more convenient and cost-effective for the publisher, printed books are not going out of style. Moreover, after a period of decline, printed book sales have started to grow, at the same time having a detrimental effect on the sales of eBooks. This is a trend that's been observed for a couple of years - the UK's Publishers Association has observed a rise in printed book sales and a fall in eBook sales in 2015.
The rise in the sale of printed books is attributed especially to younger generations, aged between 16 and 24. One of the most popular reasons for choosing a printed book was the experience of actually holding a book as opposed to reading it on a screen.
Ink and paper still remain the most popular "device" to read a book today.
2. Smartphones and tablets
There's an ongoing debate among users of smartphones and dedicated e-readers on which device is better for reading a book. On one hand, smartphones and tablets can do way more than their opponents, ranging from browsing the web, playing games at Canadian casinos online, updating social media, and their likes.
Yet there's no way to assess the real numbers, as most smartphones support some digital publication formats to some extent. But there's one thing that indicates that smartphones and tablets are more popular for reading than dedicated e-readers: Amazon often releases new features for its Apple and Android Kindle app than for its own dedicated Kindle product.
E-readers are certainly a niche product, and they have been from their beginnings. They have a lot of advantages - their E-Ink screen, looking similar to real ink on paper, is certainly one of them. E-readers are easier on the eyes, they offer a more natural reading experience, they have a far longer battery life than smartphones and tablets, and come with no distractions from reading, like emails, texts, and other notifications.
Still, e-readers are slowly becoming extinct. According to Statista, e-reader sales were at their peak in 2011, with over 23 million units sold, but declined rapidly in the coming years, reaching just 7.1 million last year.