The sale of printed books will be outstripped by e-books by 2018, a new report by Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC) has suggested. It says the consumer e-book market - which excludes text books and professional manuals - will increase in value from £380 million to £1 billion. At the same time, sales of printed books are forecast to fall by a third. PwC said 50% of the UK population would own an iPad, Kobo, Kindle or similar e-reader device by 2018.

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In comparison to the 1.1 minutes spent daily at newspaper sites, the average time spent on social media is 33 minutes per day and the average time spent at search sites is 3.6 minutes per day, said Andrew Lipsman, a vice president of comScore.

Reflections of a Newsosaur: Average visit at newspaper site: 1.1 minutes

20% of All US Newspapers Are Digital | Good E-Reader

Newspapers in the US are on the decline right now and the entire industry is seeing explosive growth via the digital offerings. The New York Times is the current poster child of implementing a solid paywall strategy and seeing the largest gains. Currently, 20% of all newspaper circulation in the US is now digital.

The entire newspaper industry a slight decline by 0.7%, according to a recent poll by Alliance for Audited Media. The saving grace to most the newspaper industry was The New York Times, which saw a total digital subscriber base of 1,865,318 people. It had recently surpassed the USA Today in terms of the increased visibility of its brand.

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Gmail finally beats Hotmail according to third-party data

Google’s email service finally became the world’s largest email provider this month, according to ComScore. Gmail had claimed the top spot for itself this summer when it announced 425 million monthly active users. However, VentureBeat at the time pointed out that these numbers wildly differed (by 136 million) from those of ComScore, which tracks home and work usage but not mobile. Hotmail and Yahoo Mail self-report, too, but their numbers were much closer to ComScore’s.

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Facebook's Population Is Now as Big as the Entire World's Was in 1804

One billion people. That’s how many active monthly users Facebook has accrued in the eight years of its existence, the company announced today.

It took the population of modern humans about 200,000 years to reach that number, a milestone that was hit, demographers believe, just over two centuries ago in 1804 (bearing in mind that population tabs, then and now, are not exactly precise). Since then, human population has just exploded, enabled and protected by advances in medicine, agriculture, and hygiene. In the past year, it is estimated that the human headcount hit 7 billion.

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E-book sales grew by 54% in 2011

Digital book sales have risen by 54% in the past year and are now worth £243m to the publishing industry.

Figures released by the Publishers’ Association (PA) showed the market for e-books, downloads and online subscriptions had more than trebled since 2007, when it was worth £74m.

Digital content now accounts for 8% of the total value of book sales in 2011 - it made up 5% in 2010.

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One-fifth of U.S. adults read e-books as market booms: survey

One in five American adults read an electronic book in the last year, as gift-giving sped the shift away from the printed page, a Pew Research Center survey showed on Wednesday.

In a sweeping survey of e-books’ impact on reading habits, the Pew report said that four times more U.S. readers, or 15 percent, were reading e-books on a typical day now compared with less than two years ago.

But when it comes to reading in bed, the verdict is split. Forty-five percent of those surveyed preferred e-books and 43 percent gave the nod to old-fashioned print.

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Adults Now Spend More Time With Mobile Devices Than With Print Media

Adults are spending more time with their mobile devices than they’re spending with print media, according to a report released Monday by eMarketer.

According to the New York-based market research firm, the average adult consumer spends 65 minutes a day on their mobile device, while they spend only 44 minutes with print media—26 minutes with newspapers, and 18 minutes with magazines.

This is the first year since eMarketer began taking their time tally in 2008 that adults have spent more time with mobile devices than with print.

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Amazingly, AOL still has 3.5 million dialup subscribers

Laugh all you want, but as of the end of September, AOL still had 3.5 million subscribers to its dialup Internet access service — a lot more than the number of people who pay for, say, Spotify. And the decline from last year — about 630,000 subs — was AOL’s smallest Q3 shrinkage yet, thanks to price promotions that attracted 200,000 more people to an AOL access subscription. This time in 2006 and 2007, AOL was losing 5 million customers a year.

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Internet Explorer Finally Falls Below 50% of Web Browser Use

Web designers around the world, it’s time to celebrate: Last month, Internet Explorer’s share of global browser usage fell below 50% for the first time in more than a decade. Your long nightmare of having to make things work for people who still use IE6 is a little bit closer to coming to an end.

Microsoft’s iconic browser can still claim desktop browser victory, with 52.63% of desktop users still using IE, but as desktop internet usage competes with mobile devices, the browser landscape is beginning to shift more quickly. In terms of all internet browsing, IE has fallen to 49.58%, its lowest share since 1999 and a significant drop from its 2004 high of 95%.

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