E-books are changing consumer reading habits

PREVIEW Columnist, and the Library Staff

Photo courtesy Sisson Library Joshua Ramsey was the winner of the fourth annual Ruby Sisson Library LEGO Contest in the age 12-17 category.

Photo courtesy Sisson Library
Joshua Ramsey was the winner of the fourth annual Ruby Sisson Library LEGO Contest in the age 12-17 category.

A recent article in USA Today chronicles with actual numbers what many book lovers are experiencing themselves — in a digital age, it’s a lot easier to pack for a trip.  In fact, a Kindle, Nook, iPad or other tablet can easily replace piles of printed books stuffed in suitcases in years past.

A poll conducted for USA Today and Bookish, a website designed to help people find and buy books, found that 40 percent of adults — including 46 percent of those aged 18 to 39 — own an e-reader or a tablet.  That’s more than double the numbers less than two years ago. Reading devices are even more popular among college graduates (60 percent said they have one) and those with annual household incomes of at least $75,000 (62 percent).

According to the poll, 35 percent of those with reading devices say they’re reading more books since they got those devices. “The key breakthrough in publishing is accessibility,” said Peter Osnos, founder and editor at large of PublicAffairs Books.  “For hundreds of years, when readers heard about a book they wanted to read, they had to go find it.  In a digital era everything, or most everything, is instantly available.”

The poll revealed other interesting information from e-book readers.  They read to learn something (72 percent), to be entertained (64 percent), and to be able to talk with others about the books they’ve read (19 percent).  They’d read more if they had more time (51 percent).  Those reading more because of their devices are reading science fiction or fantasy (23 percent), mysteries and crime stories (16 percent), romance (14 percent) and nonfiction (14 percent).  (Readers could list up to three genres.)

What factors create interest in a book for e-readers?  A majority (57 percent) say it’s their own opinion of the writer’s previous work.  Opinions of relatives or friends came in second at 43 percent.  Lower were professional reviewers (17 percent), the book cover (16 percent) and Internet opinions by non-professionals (10 percent).

Baked goods, please

Liz Schnell and her committee are organizing the bake sale at the Holiday Bazaar this Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Ross Aragon Community Center, with all proceeds going to your library.

They need baked goods to sell — especially cakes, small packages of cookies, bars, cinnamon rolls, rice krispie treats, as well as banana, zucchini and pumpkin breads, because they are the most popular. Please do some baking and wrap your goodies in clear wrap or plastic bags (not aluminum foil) so they are easily visible.  You can take your contribution to the community center between 4-5 p.m. tomorrow (Friday, Nov. 1) or early Saturday morning.  For more information, contact Liz at 264-5735.

If you are not a baker, you still can help your library by purchasing these baked goods at the bazaar.  We hope to see you there.

Halloween movies today

At 10 a.m. we’ll show a Halloween movie for young children, and at 1 p.m. we’ll show one for older children, teens and adults.

Lifelong Learning tonight 

Tonight (Thursday, Oct. 31) marks the latest in the library’s free six-week fall Lifelong Leaning lecture series, when Dr. Donald Bruning reviews the history and growth of West Nile Virus. All Lifelong Learning lectures take place on Thursday evenings at 6 p.m.

Free technology classes

Meg Wempe is available for the highly popular Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays sessions 10 a.m.-noon Tuesdays and 3-5 p.m. Thursdays.  Join her for one-on-one informal help with your computer or tablet issues.  A more formal session on Excel Basics takes place next Friday, Nov. 8, from 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.  This class requires registration.

Free teen gaming

Every Tuesday from 4–5:30 p.m. we host Teen Gaming (X-box, Wii, board games and Pokemon Card Battles, and you are welcome to bring other trading card battle games).  Snacks provided.

Science fun for tweens

Tomorrow (Friday, Nov. 1) is a free Science Fun session for tweens in the fourth-sixth grades, from 2-3:15 p.m.  Registration required.

Spanish class

The second to last of the free six-week classes on beginning Spanish taught by Roberta Strickland takes place next Wednesday, Nov. 6, from 4:30–5:30 p.m.  You do not have to attend all sessions to participate.

Large print mysteries

“Sandrine’s Case” by Thomas H. Cook is a murder mystery. “Remnants of Murder” by Elizabeth Lynn Casey is the latest in the Southern Sewing Circle mystery series. “Silencing Eve” by Iris Johansen is the latest in the Eve Duncan series.  “The Final Cut” by Catherine Coulter and J.T. Ellison is about a heist at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  “Doing the Hard Time” by Stuart Woods is the latest in the Stone Barrington mystery series.  “The Bones of Paris” by Laurie R. King is about a missing woman in Paris in 1929.  “Something Borrowed, Someone Dead” by M.C. Beaton is the latest in the Agatha Raisin mystery series.

Other large print

“Killing Jesus” by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard is a history of Jesus’ life and times. “Big Sky Wedding” by Linda Lael Miller is a western romance. “The Messenger” by Bill Brooks is a western.  “The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells” by Andrew Sean Greer is a story of time travel.  “Ghosts of Bungo Suido” by P.T. Deutermann is a war adventure set on a U.S. submarine. “It Had to be You” by Jill Shalvis is a romantic comedy.


Stephen Spielberg’s  classic “ET” is now available as a two disc collector’s edition.

New fiction

“Star Wars: Kenobi” by John Jackson Miller is a new book in this fantasy series.  “The Lowland” by Pulitzer Prize winner Jhumpa Lahiri is a family saga set in both India and America. “The Governor’s Lady” by Robert Inman tells of a smart, independent woman compelled by circumstances to take charge. “King’s Mountain” by Sharyn McCrumb is a novel set in the days of the American Revolution.  “Bleeding Edge” by Thomas Pynchon follows a lady running a fraud investigation business after the collapse of the dotcom boom.


“Kovels’ Antiques & Collectibles Price Guide 2014” can help you find the value of what you own.

“Bird Homes and Habitats” by Bill Thompson III is a Bird Watcher’s Digest guide to help you attract the birds you want to your yard. “In the Charcuterie” by Fatted Calf founders Taylor Boetticher and Toponia Miller presents an unprecedented array of meats and recipes for meat-loving home cooks.

“101 Top Tips from Professional Manga Artists” by award-winning Manga creator Sonia Leong and other experts pass on their techniques behind this vibrant art form.

Other new non-fiction

“The Reason I Jump” by Naoki Higashida is a memoir of a very smart and charming 13-year-old boy with autism.   “Exposed: The Secret Life of Jodi Arias” by HLN broadcast journalist Jane Valez-Mitchell is a behind-the-scenes look at this high-profile court case.  “The Sports Gene” by Sports Illustrated’s David Epstein looks at why and how great athletes excel at their sports.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week, we thank Tom Thorpe, Pam Kircher, Pat Jodoin, Judy Tormohlen, Holly Bergon, Bamma Laizure, Sheryn McLean, Patricia Lindblad and several anonymous donors.

Quotable quote

“To disagree, one doesn’t have to be disagreeable.”  Barry Goldwater (1909-1998), businessman and five-term U.S. Senator from Arizona.


For more information on library books, services and programs — and to reserve books, e-books, CDs and DVDs from the comfort of your home — please visit our website at http://pagosa.colibraries.org/.

This story was posted on October 31, 2013.