Survey Shows More Americans Are Reading on Tablets

Survey Shows More Americans Are Reading on Tablets

One of the many cool things about the Kindle Fire is that it can link seamlessly with Amazon’s various services, including video, digital music, magazine and book, providing a library full of over 18 million options. There’s also access to thousands of cool apps for Netflix, Pandora, and Hulu, via the Android app store. Featuring a full-color multi-touch 7-inch display, the Kindle Fire allows users to take full advantage of its powerful and ultra-fast Web browser. While there are various competitive tablets on the market, the Fire makes for an affordable alternative.
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As technology continues to revolutionize traditional pastimes, a new report shows that a growing number of Americans are ditching the hardcover and paperback books for e-books.

The Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, recently found that the number of Americans, 16 and older, who read e-books increased to 23% from 16% last year.

Much of the increase can be attributed to the uptick in the number of people who own tablets or e-readers. Just last month, Black Friday sales prompted Amazon to decrease the Kindle Fire price from $159 to $129.

The report revealed those most likely to read e-books are between the ages of 30 and 49, and make over $75,000 annually. However, readership grew across all age groups, especially teenagers (15%) and blacks (11%) since last year.

Sadly, for paperback books, readership dropped 5%, from 72% to 67%.