Survey: E-book reading goes up, print reading declines

More Americans than ever are reading e-books on e-readers and tablets, though they still rank in the minority. Pew Internet Research reports that e-book reading has gone up in 2012 while print book reading has declined.

A minority of Americans aged 16 or older read books using e-readers and tablets, but the number rose from 16 to 23 percent. At the same time, printed book reading declined in that same age group from 72 to 67 percent.

Pew says that as of November, 25 percent of Americans own a tablet computer like an iPad. That’s a significant increase from last year, when only about 10 percent of Americans had a tablet device. Nineteen percent of Americans have an e-book reader like a Kindle or a Nook; that’s up from 10 percent last year.

Pew sampled 2,252 Americans for its poll, which it conducted from October to November.