LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - People read books; they're just using the Internet to do so.
A recent Pew Research Center study show the number of people reading E-books has increased from 16% to 23% over the past year.
People reading printed books dropped from 72% to 67%
In La Crosse, James Auler, owner of Pearl Street Books said his sales have remained steady since e-books first hit the market.
He said his store generally attracts people who want to support an independently owned, used book store.
"You hear these things about what it's like on the coast for book stores and you know the other mega trends that are happening in the United States," Auler said. "You always wonder are these going to affect me locally, directly, but so far it seems like we survived."
The Pew study shows the ownership of electronic book devices has almost doubled in the last year.
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