E-books and print books – Buying trends

 

 

 

 

Three articles on E-books and demand by consumers reposted from  the Book Industry Study Group (BISG) website

More E-book Buyers Buying Print Books

After all the e-book fanfare, bookless libraries, and publicized e-reader releases, it looks like the future of reading may not be exclusively electronic after all.

E-book consumers are becoming more diverse in their format preferences, according to a new report by the Book Industry Study Group (BISG). The percentage of e-book consumers who “exclusively or mostly” bought books in electronic format decreased from nearly 70 percent in August 2011 to 60 percent in May 2012 — that’s a 10 percent drop in exclusive e-reader usage in less than a year.

After the industry — and many readers — wholeheartedly jumped on the “e-” bandwagon, why the drop? Are folks deliberately moving away from e-books? That doesn’t appear to be the case, according to study results. Instead, it seems, readers are simply becoming format agnostic.

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Consumers switch between print and e-books

In another sign that the industry is moving toward a hybrid market, fewer e-book buyers reported buying only digital titles this spring than a year ago. According to Book Industry Study Group’s newest edition of Consumer Attitudes Toward E-Book Reading, the percentage of e-book consumers who exclusively or mostly purchase e-books fell from nearly 70% in August 2011 to 60% in May 2012. Over the same period, the percentage of survey respondents who have no preference for either e-book or print formats, or who buy some genres in e-book format and others in print, rose from 25% percent to 34%.

The study also tracks changes in device ownership, showing that Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablet has overtaken Apple’s iPad among e-book consumers. Ownership of the Kindle Fire has grown from 7% of respondents in December 2011 to 20% in May, while the iPad share has remained flat at 17%. Ownership of other tablets remains relatively low, with 5% of respondents owning a NOOK tablet and 8% another Android-based tablet…

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E-Book Consumers Diversifying Their Format Preferences

E-book consumers are becoming more diverse in their format preferences, A BISG report shows that the percentage of e-book consumers who exclusively or mostly purchase book content in e-book format has decreased from nearly 70 percent in August 2011 to 60 percent in May 2012. Over the same period, the percentage of survey respondents who have no preference for either e-book or print formats, or who buy some genres in e-book format and others in print, rose from 25 percent to 34 percent.

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About Cheryl Ann Peltier-Davis

Cheryl Ann Peltier-Davis is Digital Initiatives, Cataloguing and Metadata Services Librarian at the Alma Jordan Library at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago.

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