Americans prefer print books over e-books

BY Bridget Bowman  January 16, 2014 at 2:45 PM EST
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Although half of American adults own electronic readers, most prefer reading print books. Photo via flickr user srharris

Despite an increase in electronic readers and tablets, most Americans still prefer flipping through the pages of a book.

A report released Thursday found that 70 percent of Americans read print books last year, but only four percent read exclusively e-books. According to the survey, conducted by the Princeton Survey Research Associates International, the average adult read five books in 2013.

While Americans read both print and e-books, the survey also found that half of American adults now own an e-reader or tablet, which is a seven percent increase from 2012.