It seems that people are putting aside their paperbacks on holiday in favour of e-books, according to a survey.

A poll by travel agency found that people are preferring to use e-reading devices such as the Kindle instead of traditional books on their breaks, reports the Press Association.

1,928 adults in the United Kingdom who had been abroad on holiday in the last 12 months were surveyed for the poll which found that 51% had used an e-reader during their holiday versus 49% who opted to read a book.

The new devices proved most popular with those aged 40 and over with only 11% of 18 – 25 year-old using them.

44% of those polled found it easier to hold with 29% said it was easier to see in the sun. The weight of carrying books on holidays may also have been a factor.