One in three Brits now own an eReader

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amazon-kindle-touch-views.jpgA new survey commissioned by entertainment media research and media law firm Wiggin has revealed that one third of Brits now own an eReader such as Amazon’s Kindle or the Kobo Touch.

The 2012 Digital Entertainment Survey looked at the habits of some 2,500 15 to 64 year olds, noting that the popularity of eReaders has grown steadily year-on-year.

Rising some 21% since last year, the act of reading printed books is said to have dropped by 4% as a result. 43% of respondents still read the printed page though, while 38% of respondents without an eReader had no plans to change their reading habits to accommodate one of the devices.

However, the survey also revealed that piracy is rife in the world of eBooks, with 31% of respondents revealing they had illegally downloaded copies of the books they had read.

Gerald Lynch