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Your eReader knows which books you don't finish

Your eReader knows which books you don't finish

And why wouldn't it? You tell it when to turn the page, so it makes perfect sense that it would know exactly how far you read "Moby-Dick" before you finally gave up, or how fast you cruised through "Animal Farm." But here's where I draw the line: Your eReader could be sharing that information with your local library, bookstore or eBook retailer so they can learn more about your reading habits.

Despite the privacy concerns, one study done by eBook seller Kobo on completed books in the U.K. shed some fascinating light on which books people start to read but never finish all the way to the end. It turns out, most readers of the books on the U.K's bestseller list don't read all the way to the end. See the list below and compare it to the list of most completed books:

Kobo’s UK Best-seller List

  1. One Cold Night – Katia Lief
  2. Gone Again – Doug Johnstone
  3. Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn
  4. The Fault in Our Stars – John Green
  5. My Sister’s Keeper – Bill Benners
  6. The Husband’s Secret – Liane Moriarty
  7. The Cuckoo’s Calling – Robert Galbraith
  8. Her Last Letter – Nancy C. Johnson
  9. Twelve Years a Slave – Solomon Northup
  10. Bloody Valentine – James Patterson
Kobo’s most completed books of 2014

  1. Rotten to the Core - Casey Kelleher
  2. The Tycoon’s Vacation – Melody Anne
  3. The Traitor – Kimberley Chambers
  4. Concealed in Death – JD Robb
  5. Wrongful Death - Lynda La Plante
  6. All Revved Up - Sylvia Day
  7. Present Danger - Stella Rimington
  8. The Empty Cradle - Rosie Goodwin
  9. The Witness - Nora Roberts
  10. The Promise (Fallen Star Series, Book 4) – Jessica Sorensen

Did you notice how none of the best-sellers are on the most-completed list? Why is this? Michael Tamblyn, president and chief content officer at Kobo says :

“A lot of readers have multiple novels on the go at any given time, which means they may not always read one book from start to finish before jumping into the next great story. People may wait days, months, or even until the following year to finish certain titles. And many exercise that inalienable reader’s right to set down a book if it doesn’t hold their interest.”

The study also revealed that romance novels are most likely to be finished by Britons with a 62% completion rate, followed by crime thrillers at 61% completion, and fantasy, 60%.

Do you worry that your eReader is broadcasting too much information about you? Let me know your privacy concerns, if you have any, by posting in the comments below.

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Source: The Guardian
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