4.5 Million Italians Have Read an eBook in the Past Three Months

6746131399_9677f07f14_bA new report from Italy's National Institute for Statistics reveals that ebook adoption in Italy lags far behind the US, Japan, or other countries.

Based on interviews conducted recently, the report concluded that  "42% of people aged 6 and over (24 million est.) have read at least one book in the 12 months preceding the interview, for purposes other than school or work". That is about the same number as last year's report, but also significantly lower than Pew Research Center's latest figures for the US (over 70%). The report also found that 9.1% of the Italian households do not own any books, while 64.4% own 100 books at most.

And the figures are worse for ebooks. Only an estimated 8.2% of the population have read an ebook in the past three months (around 4.5 million people), compared to 14.1% of those who surfed the Internet in the last three months. Similar surveys conducted in the US and Japan showed rates three times higher in those respective countries.

Germany, on the other hand, showed a much lower adoption rate, with only 2.9 million consumers over the age of ten having read an ebook in the past year. What with Germany's higher population (81 million to Italy's 61 million), that is a huge difference.

Edit: No, sorry,  that was 2.9 million ebook buyers in Germany.. The correct stat for readership is a quarter of Germans reading ebooks.

There's no info on the amount that Italians spent on ebooks, but the press release does say that Italian households spent 3.3 billion euros for books and 5.3 billion euros for newspapers in 2014. That is down by 18% from 2011.

P.S. The above came from the English-language press release. Additional detail is available in Italian on a 1990's era website. I'm still trying to navigate it, and I will post more info when I find it.


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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader: "I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."

3 Comments on 4.5 Million Italians Have Read an eBook in the Past Three Months

  1. That might be a good thing, in part at least.It could be because Americans spend more time indoors , alone. Kids certainly spend less and less time outside,if any at all, Italy is less likely to have lost that. Italy also watches less TV ,the weather is better too.

  2. I somehow managed to download a PDF in Italian from that sh**y website. The two most relevant informations are:
    – ebook reading reaches 53% among hard readers (at least 1 book per month)
    – in the ebook market there’s no North-South polarization, unlike most of Italian culture and economics fields.

    Bye from Rome!

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