The State of e-Books

by Lois E. Huffman, Ph.D.


Some of us are still clinging to our print books. We love the smell of a new book or the sound of a page being flipped. Holding a paper book may even bring back memories of holing up for hours within a well-told tale. E-reading, however, is clearly on the rise today and e-books will play an increasing role in our reading habits (http://www.pew ).

Parade magazine recently mentioned a listing of “Popular Books by State.”  I’m always intrigued by book lists, especially ones that deal with states (see I read the short piece in Parade and then went online to see the rest of the list.

Any guesses about what e-book was most widely read by Scribd subscribers in North Carolina? Keeping Faith by Jodi Picoult. Have you read it? If so, what did you think of it? (If you haven’t read it, you may know Picoult from her earlier work, My Sister’s Keeper.)

Since I’m an Ohio native, I also checked out the top title for the Buckeye state: Waiter Rant by Steve Dublanica. It’s actually a weblog that has grabbed the attention of many readers. It’s even been translated into other languages.

As a Purdue University alumna, I like to keep up with what’s happening in Indiana as well. The Hoosier state seems fond of vampire horror. The most popular e-book was The Strain by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan.

You can find the entire list at:  Which state/s will you be checking out?  I hope you’ll find titles to add to your own “Must-Read List.”

Lois Huffman is an active member of her local reading chapter, NCRA and IRA. She serves as chairperson of the Studies and Research Committee. She works at N.C. State University as a literacy instructor.