75 Percent Of Americans Prefer Paper Books!

According to a new Rasmussen poll, seventy-five percent of Americans still prefer reading printed books over reading ebooks on devices like the Kindle or the iPad. Amazing! This is heartening news to those of us who have multiple shelving units filled with (science fiction!) books.

Other findings in the poll:

-- 35 percent say when they buy a book, they are most likely to go to an actual bookstore, while 18% would go to some other retail store.

-- 27 percent are most likely to order a book over the Internet.

-- 14 percent would most likely download it to their electronic reader.

-- 22 percent say they have seen a book title in a traditional bookstore and then instead of buying it have downloaded it to their computer or electronic reader.

-- Women are more likely than men to have bought a book recently, but both overwhelmingly prefer the traditional print format.

Frankly, I love my iPad (and my Nexus 7, tablet computing's fun size!), and I own at least 150 ebooks. However, I think that I still enjoy reading my traditional paper books.

SF writers have long been fascinated with the idea of e-books; take a look at this quote from Return from the Stars, a 1961 novel by the incomparable Stanislaw Lem:

The books were crystals with recorded contents. They can be read the aid of an opton, which was similar to a book but had only one page between the covers. At a touch, successive pages of the text appeared on it.
(Read more about Lem's opton and e-book store)

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