Riffle Reading Hack #5: Easy tips to help you read more books, shared every Monday by the bookworms at Riffle!

Ah, to E or not to E — that is the question that truly divides book nerds. Last week’s Reading Hack encouraged you to unplug to help you read more, but there’s clearly one device that goes against this advice, and that’s the e-reader. We know that for many of you, there’s just no replacement for a real, bound book: you love the weight of it in your hands, the comforting smell of the pages, and those enticing spines on your shelf. In fact, surveys suggest that about half (52%) of readers only ever read print books. But if you’re one of those whose commitment to paper has so far prevented you from buying an e-reader, you may not realize just how many more books you might consume if you added a few digital editions into your reading diet.

Here are a few friendly stats to try to convince you:

According to a Pew Research study, 42% of study respondents who own a tablet or e-reader say they spend more time reading than they used to. They also read more books: The average tablet owner reads 24 books per year, compared to other readers, who read an average of 15 books per year. So by simply investing in an e-reader you might manage to squeeze another 9 books into your year—not too shabby when you consider that the typical American read a total of just 5 books in 2013.

The average tablet owner reads 24 books per year, compared to other readers, who read an average of 15 books per year.

Paper book fans, we hear your grumblings, and we understand. We’re certainly not going to give up our gorgeous Penguin Drop Caps any time soon, or our well-loved copies of Harry Potter. Nevertheless, ebooks really do have a place among the most devout paper readers. Even if you don’t care about some of the physical “benefits” of ebooks—such as their portability, or compactness—it’s the ease of access that they offer to such a massive range of books that is their true appeal. In short, it’s almost impossible not to be tempted by the array of low-cost books an e-reader gives you access to. It’s like having your very own library, sitting quiet and snug on your coffee table—a Doctor Who’s Tardis of literature squeezed into the physical space taken up by just one book.

But maybe you just can’t imagine reading fiction on an e-reader. Then don’t! Why not try reserving your Kindle or Nook just for nonfiction reads? While you may be emotionally attached to a novel that you simply must have on your bookshelf, self-help, biographies, science, home and garden reads are all easy genres to transition to e-readers. And you can find countless fascinating nonfiction reads for free or discounted online.

So there you have it. We’re not going to try to settle the ebook vs. print debate: both forms offer very different reading experiences, and print will always have that special something. But! If we can embrace both formats we open ourselves up to a whole spectrum of books we wouldn’t otherwise have access to. Our advice? Read books in every form, and we guarantee you will find yourself reading more!

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Look out for our latest reading hack next Monday! #MondayMotivation

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