US survey finds decline in e-reader ownership

US survey finds decline in e-reader ownership

E-reader ownership among US adults has declined by 13%, according to newly released survey data from the Pew Research Centre.

Pew surveyed 1,907 US adults in order to analyse the ownership of technological devices and found that 19% of adults reported owning an e-reader this year, down from 32% in early 2014.

Of the seven devices covered in the survey - e-readers, mobile phones, portable gaming devices, desktop/laptop computers, MP3 players, tablet computers and game consoles - mobile phones topped the list with 92% of adults reporting ownership. E-readers were the sixth most owned technological device at 19%, only coming before portable gaming devices which are owned by 14% of the US adults surveyed.

According to Pew, “these changes are all taking place in a world where smartphones are transforming into all-purpose devices that can take the place of specialized technology, such as music players, e-book readers and gaming devices.”

The research centre said: "Device usage has notable social and cultural implications, and there are sometimes important political and macroeconomic consequences to the way people use their gadgets. For instance, every major media industry – those built around video, audio and text – has been disrupted by these devices."

Earlier this month, the Bookseller reported that Waterstones was planning to remove Amazon’s Kindle from many of its stores following “pitiful” sales, with the company aiming to take “the display space back” to use for physical books instead.