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Tuesday, January 29, 2008 2:37 pm
Internet Use Competes With, Enables Act of Reading
Posted by: Keir Graff

So Internet use is allegedly dominating people’s time and causing them read fewer books. But an awful lot of people are using the Internet to buy books. (Although U.S. online shoppers don’t crack the top 10.) From BBC News (“Books ‘most popular online buy’“).

More books are sold on the internet than any other product and the number is increasing, research suggests.

Polling company Nielsen Online surveyed 26,312 people in 48 countries. 41% of internet users had bought books online, it said.

This compares with two years ago when 34% of internet users had done so.

Is the act of reading endangered or thriving? Experts will continue to disagree.

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