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The Rise Of e-Reading [INFOGRAPHIC]

Mark O'Neill 24-10-2012

The Rise Of e-Reading [INFOGRAPHIC] ladyreadingebook I have a nice paper book collection in my office of 800 titles (and counting), but part of me wonders if, in 50 years or so, that library will be a rare endangered collection. With the rise of eBooks, Kindles and Nooks, there is the possibility that we could all be reading digitally at some point in the future, and the paper book could go the way of the dodo and the dinosaurs.


Our infographic today, examines the rise of eReading and whether books are going to become a rare endangered species. Apparently 43% of Americans over the age of 16 read an eBook in 2011. And worldwide, the numbers are slowly rising too, with Kindle predictably leading the pack. This is probably because Kindle books can be read on not only a Kindle, but also on iPads, iPhones, Android, Windows Phone 7, Blackberry, and the web itself.

Let us know in the comments what you think of eBooks and eReading. Is it slowly taking over your book buying or are you still committed to paper books?  Do you see a point in the future where paper books die out and we go 100% digital?  Let us know your opinions.

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Infographic Source: Schools.com
Image Source: Mike Licht

Related topics: Ebooks, eReader, Infographic, Reading.

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  1. Andrea
    November 4, 2012 at 3:51 am

    I don't think ebooks will ever replace print and it shouldn't be an either/or debate of which is better? There is a place for both and we should use according to our needs. There is till a huge percentage of print not available electronically. If we want to remain an educated and informed person we need to seek information from all sources.

  2. William Hill
    October 31, 2012 at 12:07 am

    The only reason I would want an e-reader is for the ability to put a LOT of books on one small device. This would be great for travelling! However, if I were at home, I would probably just read a regular book. I like the Kindle and I'll probably buy one but I haven't decided on which Kindle to get as of yet.

  3. Tan Nguyen Nhat
    October 30, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    Ereader will lead at the future, definitely!

  4. Mac Witty
    October 25, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    We do have an iPad but I still prefer our old Kindle - easier to read when e.g. the sun is shining. Saying that, I'm old fashion and like the feeling and smell of paper books

  5. Vishal Mishra
    October 25, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    i cannot think of a world without paper books. i like there smell, and touch.

  6. Cndy
    October 25, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    I read a lot more now that I am reading e-books. I have the kindle app on my phone and iPod touch, so I have access to my current book any time I have a few minutes of extra time on my hands. I also use the Kindle Cloud Reader to read on my computer at work.

  7. Patrick Saunders
    October 25, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    The minute I can lay my hands on a textr beagle i will become a dedicated ebook reader.

  8. Lisa Santika Onggrid
    October 25, 2012 at 4:13 am

    I love computer and technology, but this is the only one I won't trade off to its digital counterpart. Printed books, with its tangibility, holds special place in my heart. Some books achieve distinct effects through this tangibility, like storybooks with cut-outs, pop outs, or different paper texture in specific chapters. This will never comes in ebooks. I agree that printed books will be much better when you're reading to another people. It lets you to have a special bonding time with your kids whereas ebooks, to me, appeal only for personal use.

    Good thing that it could increase love of reading, though. I do read ebooks from times to times, but reading 500+ pages on-screen dizzying me while I can read the entire Harry Potter series nonstop with paperbacks.
    So no, as much as I love my devices, I'd still buy paperbacks. They joy of holding them in your hands override the price.

  9. Lat Bowen
    October 24, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    As a severely handicapped individual, I find that turning a page in an e-reader (Caliber) is Much quicker for me than trying to tyrn a page in a hard copy. My hands have only bad days and worse days so Caliber gives a geriatric nerve-damaged-spinal cord injury partial person I can now enjoy a book on my screen. They take up alot less space also and never get things laid on top of them making them impossible to find. I just tell myself that if a title hasn't been converted to to e-book yet it must not be worth reading anyway.

    • Lisa Santika Onggrid
      October 25, 2012 at 4:21 am

      I see that it aids individual with specific needs, so it's not that bad. Good to hear you can still read. Technological advance is amazing. Years ago we would need someone to read the book for us if we can't do it ourselves.

  10. Bruce Thomas
    October 24, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    My e-book, including hundreds of pdf files I have created or downloaded, collection is rather large and cataloged with Calibre, so finding my books is easy. Storing e-books on a Kindle and backing up the collection on multiple hard drives eases my mind about losing anything. Amazon backs up any book purchased from them on its cloud, for easy access. I like being able to read books on my Kindle, smartphone, laptop, or even on other computers by logging into Amazon and using Amazon's cloud reader. They are all synced so I can pick up at the last page read. The biggest con for me, however, is poor search capabilities in e-books. I teach online college classes and use e-texts exclusively. Locating what I want is very frustrating at times. Marking e-texts is also cumbersome. However, for me, not lugging around a thick and heavy textbook is convenient, particularly when traveling.

    • Lisa Santika Onggrid
      October 25, 2012 at 4:23 am

      Being a student myself, I can say that though I read fiction in ebooks, I prefer real textbooks, because I can retain informations better while I skim through the pages to find a section I want. Flipping the pages is fun.

  11. Sandra Sparks
    October 24, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    Maybe not dinos & dodos, but maybe more like vinyl (You know those grooved things that go round and round and give off music?). I still don't have an e-reader ($) but I do read reports and such on my laptop and soon on my smartphone.

  12. Santosh Kolhar
    October 24, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    I prefer reading books over ebook

    • Lisa Santika Onggrid
      October 25, 2012 at 4:18 am


      • Santosh Kolhar
        October 25, 2012 at 4:58 am

        I use samsung galaxy note extensively for reading news, reports & articles of my interest and my eyes get tired of it. So for fictions & non-fictions I prefer reading books.

  13. Tamara
    October 24, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    While I love the portability and entertainment value of my Kindle Fire, I still have a strong affection for paper books. Paper is easier to loan, never runs out of charge, will not become dangerous waste for a landfill and if damaged or stolen, it doesn't destroy my entire collection. The Fire is backlit so it also wears on my eyes after long periods of use.

    I'm big on multi-tasking (watching a show while reading) which is something else I cannot do on the Kindle--it's one or the other. Also, I bought my first digital textbook this year and I will not do that again. It's too difficult to locate specific pages in class and when I'm coding, it's easier to reference a paper copy. The price was not significantly lower although having it immediately was a bonus.

    Often, prices for ebooks are not nearly low enough on new and older releases, considering I am not receiving a hardback book for a similar price. That can be a deal-breaker for me, when the publisher demands as much for digital if not more. If I'm going to pay that much, damn right I want something solid for my money.

    I'm a big fan of the Kindle and use it daily but why we can't simply love them both equally? Of course, if I used it only to watch Dr. Who, I'd consider it worth the money. :D

    • Lisa Santika Onggrid
      October 25, 2012 at 4:18 am

      I've nothing against ebook though ultimately, I have my heart on paperbacks. I can read the book at home and read the digital version on-the-go. It's a fair compromise:)

  14. Anonymous
    October 24, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    Nice info by the way, this kind of improvement have pro and cons, reading the book is okay, but e-books also give good reason to read..both are win-win situation.

  15. flyup
    October 24, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    I have a second generation kindle. I love it. My reading has increased dramatically since I bought it. It's easier to transport, research what I want to read and acquire the book. I believe the buying public was deceived in the ebook market. The e-ink is really the only acceptable replacement for the paper page. Don't be fooled into buying a back-lit tablet thinking you can read on it for prolonged periods of time. I use calibre for my e-book management and cant recommend it highly enough. Every morning it downloads the periodicals I'm interested in and emails them to my kindle through amazon's whispernet. Finally, and most importantly, is the built in dictionary. When I come upon a word I do not know it's simple to highlight the word and quickly get a definition! Reading comprehension! I love it!

    • Lisa Santika Onggrid
      October 25, 2012 at 4:15 am

      For me ebook is like a testing ground. If I absolutely like the book, I'd search for its paperback version. The digital version is for annotation, notes, and the like, so my 'real' book is pristine:)

      Seconded Calibre. It's an amazing piece of work.

  16. Lyndon Dees
    October 24, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    I really like my Kindle, especially when I'm commuting between Stillwater, OK and Tulsa, OK. I can carry a "library" of books with me (453 and counting) on the BOB (Big Orange Bus).
    I also think paper is great. I commute to teach as an adjunct professor three days a week. Sure, the textbooks could probably work in an e-format, but I flip from example to illustration to text passages during my lectures, and I believe "book" books make it easier to follow.

  17. Chris
    October 24, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    I was very resistant to getting a Kindle at first but after trying out someone else's I ended up getting one and I absolutely love it. I just finished reading the Song of Ice and Fire series on it and for those who don't know each book is close to 1000 pages and there are 5 of them. So I was very grateful to not have to lug those big books around while traveling (which I do a lot). I still read regular books but my preference is now on the Kindle. And another great thing is that I love to read classic science fiction novels and on amazon a lot of them are free or are very very cheap.

  18. Oswaldo
    October 24, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    Yesterday I read about the European lady who got her entire e-book collection deleted by her e-book provider. I agree that DRM gives too much power to the provider and it is actually harmful to the user.
    Print books are still in good health around here (Latin America).

  19. Steve Caunce
    October 24, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    I read a lot more eBooks than regular books lately. The main thing I like about eBooks is that they are easier to read in public places.

  20. Anonymous
    October 24, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    I actually want to get an e-book reader. I have a ton of pdfs but I never have the patience to read them on the computer.

    • Steve Caunce
      October 24, 2012 at 4:40 pm

      You don't need a reader, if you have an Android phone Kindle is available for free on Google Play.

    • Charles Babb
      October 25, 2012 at 12:03 am

      You can also use an iOS device to read PDFs. I thought it would be akward on my iPhone or iPod Touch, but it reads like everything else.

  21. Harshal Warkhede
    October 24, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    ebook readers should support complex script languages to acquire Asian customers.

  22. Temmuz Onur Deniz Güzel
    October 24, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    A little thing to add, e-books are popular in English speaking countries, but as a Turkish, I'm having a hard time finding Turkish e-books, the good ones actually, the "best-seller" stuff is all over the place.. Anyhow since I can speak/read more than 4 European languages, I read e-books in those languages which sometimes can be not as touching as reading it in your mother language. What I want to tell is that, e-books are still not so popular in third world countries. Well, let's be honest, except the minority, Reading itself is still not a popular thing in those countries...