E-book consumption in the UKA survey held in 2021 on e-book reading frequency revealed that 40 percent of consumers in the United Kingdom aged 12 years or above read e-books most days or one to three times per week. The most common method of accessing e-books was found to be online purchasing, though getting e-books via download was also a popular option. Data on e-book access behavior by gender showed that women were more likely than men to purchase e-books, and more respondents aged 45 to to 54 years old also reported accessing e-books online than those from any other age group.
Unfortunately, not all consumers access e-books via legitimate sources. Illegal e-book consumption remains relatively common, though the share of respondents to the study who said that they had accessed e-books via an illegal platform or a mix of legal and illegal channels dropped slightly between 2020 and 2021.