Technology and Reading (cont.)

Recently bought a copy of Tainaron, the first print book I’ve ordered in a long time. Paid less than $5 for a new, hard-cover book. Shipping was fast and the book is attractive, but had an electronic version been available for, say, $9.99, I would have bought it instead.

E-book readers are buying plenty – but not in bookstores – CSMonitor.com.
The new study by Book Industry Study Group says e-book consumers are buying more books – both print and electronic – but they’re buying mostly online and via in-app purchasing.

Fiction readers are gravitating toward Kindles and Nooks, while nonfiction readers tend to prefer tablet readers like iPads.

We’ve known it all along: E-book readers are buying and reading more, according to a study by the Book Industry Study Group.

What’s interesting, though, is where they’re buying and what they’re reading. According to the BISG’s Consumer Attitudes Toward E-book Reading survey, e-book consumers are buying more books – both print and electronic – but they’re buying mostly online and via in-app purchasing. Where they’re not buying, according to the survey, is brick-and-mortar stores. More than half of e-book readers increased their use of apps to purchase books and more than one-third increased their use of general retail websites such as Amazon.com, according to a BISG statement. Sadly, that seems to come at the expense of chain and indie bookstores. According to the survey, more than a third of e-book buyers decreased their spending at national chains and 29 percent reported buying less from their local indie.

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