“I can’t fathom reading a book without tactile sensations of turning pages and smelling paper,” I wrote six years ago about the newish fad of digital book reading.
It’s not a fad anymore — but with 28% of Americans reading digital books this year, it’s still a pastime of the few. The majority of Americans continue to read printed books and small numbers are shifting digital, says a recent Pew survey.
I can’t explain why I like reading my news online (I use the Google Newsstand app if not visiting a media website directly) but not books. Maybe because news reading involves a relatively shorter article and I can skim more easily? I don’t know.