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New Survey Finds More Readers Choosing Traditional Books Over Electronic Versions

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Ron, sitting at the Free Library of Philadelphia, displays a book he's reading from one of his favorite authors. (credit: Michelle Durham)

Ron, sitting at the Free Library of Philadelphia, displays a book he’s reading from one of his favorite authors. (credit: Michelle Durham)

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By Michelle Durham

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Now that readers have electronic options, are they opting for those in lieu of regular books? A recent Pew Charitable Trust study found the answer was no. 69% of Americans preferred the traditional book to the 28% who liked ebooks. What do people in our area read? Opinions at the Free Library of Philadelphia seemed to follow the survey.

“Regular books. I like the smell of them,” said Joseph Connors. “And turning a page on an electronic book isn’t the same.”

Ron agreed.

“I think there is a wider variety available in hardback instead of electronic, right now,” he said. “It gives me more of a connection with the author and what he is trying to relay to me in a story.”

Isaac Mesquita wants to be an author. He also prefers regular books.

“It’s more convenient. If I had vast electronics, I’d go with e-books, but I prefer regular books,” he said. “I am more connected with the author. I like the smell of new books. I just love to read! “

But he said he’ll make the future books he writes available in both versions.

Yes I will, because that’s the time for it,” he said. “You’ve got to give readers more options.

And while most of those asked did seem to prefer reading the traditional book, some had a different opinion.

“Ebooks,” said Donna. “I can purchase them, download them, and just read it straight from my tablet.”

However, as Ron pointed out, you can’t have your favorite author autograph an ebook.

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