The popularity of e-books continues to rise and it isn’t surprising that the number of print book readers has dropped from the previous year. What is surprising is that the number of e-book readers has remained flat. Does this mean that book readers in general have decreased in numbers? This interesting information was brought to us by the Pew Research Center in their article, “Slightly fewer Americans are reading print books, new survey finds.”

Seven-in-ten American adults (72%) have read a book within the past year, whether in whole or in part and in any format, according to a survey conducted in March and April. Many book publishers, researchers and retailers have wondered whether the introduction of e-books would impact book reading overall or lead to a decline in the number of books read in print.

Though e-books have changed the publishing world, it is easy to overlook the positive impact that digital publishing has had on the library system.

Melody K. Smith

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