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Tablets start slowly replacing books and magazines, Gartner finds

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Tablets start slowly replacing books and magazines, Gartner finds
Tablets started becoming extremely affordable with the launch of the Kindle Fire, but now that we have the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 and the Nexus 7 running on full Android, we can officially announce the era of cheap 7-inch tablets, and while they won’t replace paper books and magazines, people are more and more likely to read on a screen rather than on print.

“More than 50 percent of media tablet owners prefer to read news, magazines and books on screen, rather than on paper,” Gartner analyst Carolina Milanesi summarized the results of a survey.

To make it clearer, here is the breakdown by categories: “one in three respondents used their media tablets to read a book, compared with 13% for mobile PCs, and 7% for mobile phones.”

Printed books, of course, aren’t disappearing any day soon, but they’re rather slowly phased off. Have your personal book and magazine habits changed after you got a tablet? Let us know in the comments below.

source: Gartner via BGR

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posted on 05 Jul 2012, 07:52 1

1. maverick786us (Posts: 150; Member since: 20 Apr 2012)

Good to hear that. One tablets and bunch of books filling a room. Its so convenient to use iBook application compared to crappy printed books. I really wish that printed books phase out as soon as possible and replaced with tablets. By using tablets we can save several trees

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 17:20

2. meowcenary (Posts: 187; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)

Books are much more intimate, the feel of the paper and the pages as you turn them. Nothing like the smells of a book/books on a nice sunny or rainy day. I have a kindle and my library at home (expanding), that I would and will always be fond of.

Since you are on this use a tablet save a tree. Why don't you use leaves to wipe up after you drop your kids off at the pool. They are readily avaliable in the streets, backyard, and local/state parks. It would really help you in your conservation quest, after all who wants to use crappy toilet paper.....

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