The website TEACHINGDEGREE.ORG (attribution link), from which the graphics of this blog have been obtained, is clear about this. There are more and more e-readers out there:
The shopping frenzy of the last few weeks--perhaps it continues--must surely have driven that point home. But there is good news; this does not spell the end of real books.
As it turns out, those who own an e-reader are likely to read more, even of books in print form.
For those who care that we do not slouch our way into illiteracy, this is a good thing. In addition there some circumstances, if one thinks about it, in which one form of books work better than others:
Reading with a child, for example, is best done with a book in print, while the great convenience of having many books in a small thin device makes travelling with a whole library best done with an e-Reader. (In any case, illustrated children's books test the current limits of e-publication.)
However one looks at it, this holiday season--here's to Books!