E-Readers, changing how we read, but also changing what we read?

Thursday, 21 July 2011 19:26 Brock Tilford

By: Tim Robine

Despite the popularity and the transition onto the big screen, the fiction genre often gets a bad rap. The guilty-pleasure, low-culture stigma of the Dungeons & Dragons-inspired fantasy novels can cause most readers to see them all painted with the same brush. But in almost the same way that the Internet has shaken up the newsroom, the e-book has shaken up the book genres as well. Recent studies into the purchases made have shown that genre fiction is not only keeping up with; but also possibly outpacing most other genres, even literary fiction.

Genre fiction categories such as science fiction and romance account for more than 20 % of all e-book purchases, and that’s according to a study by New York’s Book Industry Study Group. The Research shows that people who use dedicated e-readers such as the Kindle or Nook (not the iPad), read more fiction than anything else. And, they are also the least likely to use their e-readers for textbooks, travel books, religious literature, or young-adult literature. Many think, and I among them, that this is mostly due to the space that these books take up after an individual is done with them; Its one thing to keep a book that you know you will re-read again, instant classics like Huck Finn, and The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. Many of these genre-fiction novels will be read once, and then simply just take up space, but with the introduction of the e-reader, after it is read the conquered book does not take up any real physical space. Also most genre-fiction consumers are voracious readers and are frequently on the lookout for new material, some reading as much as multiple books a week.



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