I typically prefer hold-in-my-hand books to the digital variety, but ebooks have a major advantage I tend to forget about: digital reading produces a treasure trove of mineable data.
Depending on how you purchase and choose to read your ebooks, you (or more often, the book seller) can track when you start reading and when you stop, what you highlight and what you just skim, when you speed up and when you slow down, and exactly where you abandon the book entirely.
I’d love to spy on other readers, too—in the nerdy sense, not the scary one! What books do they start, what passages do they highlight, what do they binge read?
I don’t know the answers for every reader, but the ebook service Oyster put together an infographic showing how their readers engage with Pride and Prejudice.
I would love to know my own stats on this book—it’s one of my favorites, obviously—but this is the next best thing.