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'One third' of Britons own E-reader
Wed 2 May 2012
Nearly a third of people in the UK own an e-reader, with a further 15% planning to buy one

Nearly a third of people in the UK own an e-reader, with a further 15% planning to buy one in the next six months, a survey by media law firm Wiggin has found.

The company conducted an online survey in March which found that many particupants anticipated taking up e-reading in the near future and a third of those currently reading e-books download them illegally.

A spokesperson for Wiggin said: “E-reading is one of the UK’s fastest rising leisure activities—four in ten of those surveyed (40%) currently read E-books and of these 39% plan to up their digital reading in the next 12 months.”

The survey also found 31% of people who read E-books download pirated copies. The spokesperson added: “Worryingly, 29% of existing E-book pirates intend to increase the amount of pirated E-books that they download over the next year.”

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