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Overall, half of Americans now have a dedicated handheld device–either a tablet computer such as an iPad, or an e-reader such as a Kindle or Nook–for reading e-content. That figure has grown from 43 percent of adults who had either of those devices in September. The percentage of adults who read an e-book in the past year has risen to 28 percent, up from 23 percent at the end of 2012. At the same time, about seven in 10 Americans reported reading a book in print, up four percentage points after a slight dip in 2012, and 14 percent of adults listened to an audiobook. Most people who read e-books also read print books, and just 4 percent of readers are "e-book only," the report found. Audiobook listeners have the most diverse reading habits overall, while fewer print readers consume books in other formats.
The survey also indicated e-book readers who own tablets or e-readers are very likely to read e-books on those devices—but those who own computers or cellphones sometimes turn to those platforms, too. Overall, just more than three-quarters (76 percent) of adults read a book in some format over the previous 12 months. The typical American adult read or listened to five books in the past year, and the average for all adults was 12 books. Neither the mean nor median number of books read has changed significantly over the past few years, the report noted.