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NEW YORK (AP) - The tastes of the reading public are turning digital.

A Pew Internet Research Center survey released Thursday found that the percentage of Americans aged 16 and older who read an e-book grew from 16% in 2011 to 23% this year. Readers of traditional books dropped from 72% to 67%. Overall, those reading books of any kind dropped from 78% to 75%, a shift Pew called statistically insignificant.

Those owning an e-book device or tablet jumped from 18% to 33%, with much of that increase coming from last year's holiday season, when millions received Kindles, Nooks and other e-readers as gifts.

Awareness that libraries offer digital texts grew from 24% to 31%.

The telephone survey of 2,252 people aged 16 and older was conducted from Oct. 15 to Nov. 10. It has a sampling error margin of plus or minus 2.3 percentage points.

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