The survey also found digital news sources lead the ebook adoptees with 13% of the population getting the news either via an app pr on their ereader, and 11% subscribing to email newsletters. Only 2% read digital comics, however, and 6% use ebooks for scientific papers or technical information.
Bitkom also learned that West Germans were far more likely than East Germans to read ebooks (12% vs 8%).There was a similar divide between men and women, with men more likely to read digital textbooks (12% vs 4%), digital newspapers (16% vs 10%), and women were more likely to read fiction (1-% vs 8% of men).
These numbers are far lower than similar US surveys from this spring. A Harris Interactive survey from February showed that 28% of Americans read ebooks on either ereaders or tablets. The Pew Center also reported earlier this year that 19% of Americans owned ereaders, nearly double the number reported in July 2011.
But there is one important detail which separates the US and German ebook markets; in the US Amazon has been disrupting the market since 2007. Amazon only turned their attention to Germany in 2011.
via Buch Report
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