In a February survey by the Pew Research Center, 21% of 3,000 adults revealed said they had read a e-book in the last year, compared to 17% who reported doing so in December. The Reading Habits Survey, conducted by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
One-fifth of American adults (21%) report that they have read an e-book in the past year, and this number increased following a gift-giving season spike in ownership of e-reader devices that occurred during the holiday gift-giving season in December, when ownership of either an e-book reader or a tablet each increased to 19% of adults, compared to 10% for each device in mid-December, and by February, 2012, the share increased to 21%.
The prevalence of e-book reading is growing as attitudes and technology are changing ways that books are made available to the public, but printed books still dominate the world of book readers. In a head-to-head competition, people prefer e-books to printed books when they want speedy access and portability, but print wins out when people are reading to children and sharing books with others.
Bloggers are communicators and as the saying goes: “Everyone has a book in them”. I’ve previously published Bloggers:Publish your book, ebook, or your blog containing 4 free ways to get the job done as well as 3 other resources. Scott Berkun has self-published an ebook called Mindfire: Big Ideas for Curious Minds and shared his tips in How to turn your blog into a book.
“The same rule applies to self-published e-books as it does to print books. You have to start with a good product if you have any hope of selling it. ” — David Carnoy in How to self-publish an ebook
Have you ever published an ebook?
Are you considering publishing some or all of your blog content as an ebook?