My polls show Kindle is still king!

Last week, I asked you to vote in my e-Reader polls. I’ve now compared those results to the polls I took last November. This time, about 28% more votes were counted, so I’ll compare the results in percentages.

In November, only 38% of you said you owned an e-Reader. That’s grown to 76% … exactly double in less than a year. Evidently, these gadgets are catching on. 🙂 Of particular interest to me is that the percentage of voters who said they NEVER want to own one has dropped from 28% to 5% in that time. Is this just peer pressure or have more people decided that e-Readers are not the devil in disguise?

The percentage of you who read e-Books on your smartphones had more than doubled—from 21% to 45%. And of course, many of us have an e-Reader, plus use an app on our smartphones for making good use of a few minutes waiting in line or traffic.

Here’s how the two polls compare on which e-Readers we own:

e_Reader November 2010 July 2011
Kindle 41% 64%
Nook 3% 14%
iPad 2% 17%
Sony 1% 5%
Kobo 0% 0%
     

Interesting that both times not one person who visits my blog owns a Kobo. Poor Border’s. Obviously, Kindle is still far in the lead, but iPad, Nook and Sony have risen in popularity.

I love the convenience of e-Books, but I don’t think print books will disappear for some time. What do you think?

29 thoughts on “My polls show Kindle is still king!

  1. The increase is amazing. I also noticed the sharp increase in Nooks. Amazon is still king, but I think the color version of the Nook has gotten shopper’s attention.

    I don’t think print versions will disappear entirely. I hope not. Although I buy mainly ebooks these days, I still like printed editions of some of my favorite books.

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  2. I don’t think print will disappear 🙂 but I love that there are options! I definitely prefer some kinds of books in print (short story collections/anthologies, cook books, gardening books, other books with lots of images that I want to make the most of in a bigger format/colour). For straight fiction though, novels, I definitely prefer e-book over print though.

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    1. I have to say that overall, Cassie, I still prefer print books, but I love that I can sample books with my Kindle, which cuts down on my wasting money on books I just can’t get into for one reason or another. And I can upload my own writing which definitely helps me see with “new” eyes for editing. Plus, it will be nice to travel with. I hope to finish at least two books I’ve started while I’m on vacation, and check out a few samples I downloaded too.

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  3. I’m slowly starting to accept the idea of eBooks and am even thinking of following up on my father’s offer to get me a Kindle for my birthday (which was in March, ha!). Just as long as print books never disappear, I’ll be happy. I’m starting to embrace the idea of having both, especially since eReaders seem really great for magazines and journals.

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    1. Like J.C. said, a lot of reference books need to be in print, L.S., especially ones loaded with photos. And photo books themselves just wouldn’t be the same to me, even on the iPad. Plus, to me, it’s sad to think of the loss of children’s picture books in print.

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      1. I felt the same, Linda, and still prefer my kids books in print, though I have now read the kids a couple of books on the laptop (colour is so important for kids!) and they really enjoyed that too – that said, I don’t want to build an association because everytime I sat down that week they jumped on me and demanded I read that story…

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  4. I think there is no denying that e-readers are growing in popularity. But it’s been a long slow process, not the overnight evolution that everyone would dream to believe. According to Wikipedia, the first e-book ISBN number was issued in 1998 (13 years ago). I’ve expanded this thought on my page since it is far too long to post here.

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    1. I don’t remember that there was any commercial e-Reader in 1998, T.A.. I think Stephen King tried his experiment about that time, but you had to read it on your computer. I hated doing that. My eyes just rebel against reading very long on a monitor. I guess it’s the backlight, which is why I am thankful for my Kindle and it’s “e-ink”. I’ll be around to read your post in a little while.

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          1. That was my point. The technology is not new, it has been around. Popularity didn’t start to increase until 2006 when Sony introduced e-ink. It took the right business model to propel the sales, as I demonstrate in my post. PS – Just announced Borders to close all stores, starting Friday.

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  5. Hi, Linda. We have two Kindles in our home. We love the convenience and the fact that we don’t have books overflowing bookshelves. I really hope that brick and mortar stores figure out how to stay afloat (sorry, Borders). I really would miss them if they were all gone.

    -Jimmy

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    1. This probably sounds stupid, Chris, but I’m a bit claustrophobic and sometimes I feel too closed in reading on my Kindle, so I have to switch to a print book for a while. I’d better shush or they will be sending the men with butterfly nets after me. 😕

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  6. It would be interesting to know how many people own e-readers and actually read books off them? Maybe they just download the books, but don’t get aroundt o reading them?

    Interesting stats.

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    1. I would think that anyone who has a reader does read on them, Nicole, but I would be surprised to find that they’ve read everything they download. There are a LOT of free books, for Kindle at least, and I, for example, have quite a few classics I’ve downloaded and have yet to look at.

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  7. I am not into sci fi, but what if all written is electronic and we have some giant solar flare or shift in the Universe, or Big Brother learns how to disrupt and control it? Let’s not go there.

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    1. I’ve thought about this too, Mary Jean. I doubt many people have bought e-book duplicates of all their print books and then sold off, or gave away, the print books, but I shudder to think that will happen. My first thought when I heard about Kindle was along the lines of the Fahrenheit 451 future destruction of books scenario, only the books wouldn’t be burned, just deleted en masse from e-Readers.

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    2. Ha! If I had said that, people would be all over me calling me everything from a nut case to a conspiracy theorist. There’s a dystopian writer buried in you somewhere, Mary Jean. LOL

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  8. I still remember how excited I was when the first Borders opened near me in the Boston suburbs. I loved, loved, loved all the books, music and excitement crammed in one place and am sorry to see them go. I love me my local independent bookstores as well, but there was just something so GRAND about that many pages and CDs all mingling together in one building.

    Just watched Steve Jobs talk about iCloud and that’s exciting, too. There’s a place for paper books and a place for eBooks. I’m just glad there’s so much interesting stuff available inside both of them.

    Thanks for this survey – interesting. I’m finding in terms of my own sales of Just Desserts so far, Kindle is the leader.

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  9. Though I see advantages of having an e-reader, they’re really not my cup of tea. I prefer the “old-fashioned” book. After awhile, my eyes grow tired of reading on a monitor and LCD display. At times, electronic text has a funky affect on my vision where my distant vision becomes blurred.

    The Fahrenheit 451 scenario you referred in a reply to a previous comment has crossed my mind on several occasions. Even a writer at ZDNET noted the same concern – what would happen if someone decided to delete (or re-write) all the e-book titles? Who would object, who would protest? In a round-about way, it was a subject broached in an episode in the original Star Trek series.

    Hopefully, the selections at Borders will be plentiful and varied at their liquidation sale.

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    1. The thing about my Kindle, fivecats, is that it’s not like reading on a monitor at all. It’s no more strain on my eyes than reading on paper. There’s no backlight like on your computer screen. I think the Nook is the same, but I don’t think the iPad is. If you know someone with a Kindle or Nook, try it out.

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