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Research shows readers still prefer paper over e-books and audiobooks

Research shows readers still prefer paper over e-books and audiobooks

Recent studies in Australia and the US have provided relieving news for those who think the art the written word is on the way out.

A study from the Australia Council for the Arts and Macquarie University found that 92 percent of Australians have read a book in the last year. In the US, a study by the Pew Research Center found that 74 percent of Americans had read a book in the last year, proving that Aussies are well ahead of the game when it comes to the written word. 

The US statistic included e-books and audiobooks, however 67% said they preferred paper books.. Audiobooks are still on the rise, though, with a jump from 14 percent to 18 percent in the last two years. 

Further, the US study revealed that reading takes third place, with browsing the internet and watching TV inching ahead, and exercising, craft and video games taking up the rear. 

It's heartening to know in this age of dominating digital technology that the art of the good ol' paper book is still alive and well. Until e-books come with a scent option for that old book smell, there's no beating the classic.