E-book consumption in the United Kingdom (UK) 2012-2018, by paid and free

This statistic presents data on e-book consumption, by paid or free accessing, among e-book consumers in the United Kingdom (UK) from August 2012 to May 2018, in eight survey waves. As of the most recent survey wave, ending May 2018, 52 percent of those who consumed e-books did so entirely for free.

Were the e-books you consumed paid or free?

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Release date

July 2018


United Kingdom

Survey time period

August 2012 to May 2018

Number of respondents


Age group

12 years and older

Special properties

All who have downloaded or streamed/accessed e-book content in the past three months

Supplementary notes

* Base of most recent survey wave (Wave 8). Base varied by wave: n (W2) = 581; n (W3) = 700; n (W4) = 631; n (W5) = 613; n (W6) = 631; n (W7) = 627.
Online (CAWI) and face-to-face (CAPI) surveys were used.
The source does not provide detailed information regarding the question. The chosen wording here might therefore differ slightly from the survey.
Data for waves previous to Wave 8 published earlier by the source.
Figures do not sum 100. The source provides no explanation.

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