Americans are continuing to read books at high levels: 73% of adults say they have read a book in the past year. 

And when people reach for a book, it is much more likely to be a traditional print book than a digital product. Fully 65% of Americans have read a print book in the last year, more than double the share that has read an e-book (28%) and more than four times the share that has consumed book content via audio books (14%).

Book Reading 2016

Just a thought about e-readers and e-books.

So, I received a Kobo e-Reader for Christmas, and while I am grateful for the gift, I had a thought.

Now I buy a lot of books because I like to read, but I prefer to use normal copies when at home, but I’d read my Kobo when out, because it’s smaller to fit into a bag. The only issue is, I buy these proper copies of books for large amounts of money. Then, I start reading them at home, but should I go out I have two options:

  • Start a new book when out, which will be confusing, as I often forget story lines.
  • Buy the same book in e-book form, meaning I’ve spent twice the amount I originally intended to pay. 

So, here’s my thought. When I buy a book, I think you should be able to use the ISBN from the copy and put it into your e-reader, so you can have both a normal and digital copy of the book. Similarly to what a lot of films are now doing, where you get a copy available to use on your phone/tablet/computer.

Just a thought. Do you agree that this should be an option?