Reading books on e-readers, tablets and smartphones in Germany 2018-2022

Number of people who read books on electronic devices (e-reader, tablet-PC, smartphone) at least occasionally in Germany from 2018 to 2022

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Release date

June 2022



Survey time period

2018 to 2022

Age group

14 years and older

Special properties

German-speaking population

Method of interview

Face-to-face interview

Supplementary notes

Information on mean sample:
Base: German-speaking population aged 14 and older in private households at main place of residence in the Federal Republic of Germany.
Information on total sample:
2017: 23,356 respondents, projection to 70.09 million persons
2018: 23,389 respondents, projection to 70.45 million persons
2019: 23,318 respondents, projection to 70.60 million persons
2020: 23,191 respondents, projection to 70.64 million persons
2021: 22,563 respondents, projection to 70.54 million persons
2022: 23,015 respondents, projection to 70.60 million persons

Find more information on the methodology of this survey here.

The survey question was phrased by the source as follows until 2015: "Here is a list of different attributes. Could you please look at it and select the ones that apply to you? - I read books on electronic devices, such as e-readers, tablet PCs or smartphones, at least occasionally." (original German question: "Hier stehen verschiedene Eigenschaften. Könnten Sie die bitte einmal durchsehen und mir die nennen, wo Sie sagen würden: Das passt auf mich, das trifft auf mich zu?" - Ich lese zumindest gelegentlich Bücher auf elektronischen Geräten, wie E-Readern, Tablet-PCs oder Smartphones.")
From 2015 onwards: "One can download books as a file, so-called e-books, onto electronic reading devices to read them on the device. How is it for you, would you be interested in reading books as an electronic file, or do you already do so, or are you not interested?"

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