Free ebooks are getting better.
According to new research, the number of ebooks that you can read online is growing by about a third per year, according to a study published in the journal Information Technology & Engineering Management.
The researchers analyzed the eBook readers on more than 150 million books purchased by readers between November 2017 and November 2018, and found that the majority of e-readers on average now have at least one feature that makes them stand out.
While that may not seem like a huge change, the authors said it was important for readers to know that the e-reader market is growing.
“The majority of readers are buying more and more of these devices,” said researcher Jia Li from the University of California, San Diego.
“It shows that the eBook market is expanding.
And, I think it’s very important to note that most readers are very happy to pay for these devices.”
The researchers used data from the eBook marketplace Kobo, which aggregates all ebook sales and is the only app that allows you to track your purchase history and compare them with the prices of the other apps that you have downloaded.
They also compared ebook readers purchased through Amazon, where a significant portion of the eBook industry relies on advertising revenue, with similar ebook readers on other platforms.
The study found that more than 90 percent of the ebooks bought by readers on the Kobo platform are free.
The number of free ereaders, meanwhile, has declined from about 1.6 million in 2017 to a current low of 700,000.
It’s still a huge number, though.
It suggests that the average eBook reader has less than 1.3 hours of reading time, which is about the same amount of time that most users get to read a book.
While the study authors say that the percentage of readers who choose to pay will increase as more and less eBook readers become mainstream, the numbers also suggest that the ebook industry may be experiencing a tipping point.
“I think there is a tipping moment where a certain amount of people, maybe a significant number, decide that they want to pay,” said Li.
“We are now seeing the tipping point where people are becoming more and that they are becoming willing to pay, and it’s the tipping moment for eBook readers.” eBook buyers like it free, too While the data suggests that eBook readers are a significant part of the ebook market, there are other ways to read ebooks without having to pay a penny for the privilege.
“One of the reasons that many eBook readers prefer free is because it means they are not having to spend money on a subscription,” said David Karpman, a professor of information technology at the University at Buffalo, New York, who has written about the rise of ereadling.
“They don’t have to pay anything to read their books.”
This could be particularly important in an age when ebooks can be purchased in a variety of different ways, from books to apps.
While some ebook readers can’t be accessed without a subscription, the majority can be accessed through third-party apps, which make up the majority, according the researchers.
Many e-reading apps also make it easier for readers who don’t normally have access to ereadler tools to access them.
That could mean that more people are choosing to buy ereadlers from third-parties rather than just using the free eBook reader that they downloaded from Kobo.
And with the number and variety of apps and platforms available, many people are opting to pay less money for their ereadles than they would for traditional paper books.
This is an important point, Karpmon said.
“There are many things that you could do with ereadledes that are not covered by the paper book,” he said.
That’s because ereadbooks can also be used as mobile-friendly e-books, which can be used to make video content for television, and ereadlens can be read on any device, whether a laptop, smartphone, tablet or PC.
These are all features that can make the ereader more portable, and free readers are more common than paid ones, according Li.
However, the trend toward eBook readers that are more affordable has also increased, according Karpmans study.
As the number that pays for ereadls grows, so too does the number willing to purchase a free ereader.
The more expensive an eBook reader, the less likely it is that readers will spend money, according LI.
“You may be able to buy an eBook that costs less than $3, but if you are paying for something that you’re not going to use for a very long time, you might be better off paying for the eBook that you are going to be reading,” he explained.
“And that’s what people are now starting to do.”
In some ways, the rise in eBook prices has been driven by the need for readers with limited bandwidth.