Survey: 1 in 5 Americans has read an e-book

April 5, 2012 3:53:45 PM PDT
E-readers may be prompting adults to read more books.

A new survey by Pew Research finds one in five Americans says they have recently read an e-book. That's roughly 21 percent of adults in the U.S.

The report called "The Rise of e-Reading" takes a look at the role e-books are playing in the changing book market.

The percentage of adults who own an e-reader nearly doubled over the holidays.

Around 17 percent of those surveyed had read an e-book as of December. That number jumped to 21 percent by February.