7 surprises about libraries in our surveys
As librarians around the country gather in Las Vegas for the American Library Association’s annual conference, here are findings that stand out from our research.
Overall book readership stable, but e-books becoming more popular
The typical U.S. adult read five books in the past 12 months.
E-Reading Rises as Device Ownership Jumps
The proportion of Americans who read e-books is growing, but few have completely replaced print books for electronic versions.
Tablet and E-reader Ownership
The number of Americans ages 16 and older who own tablet computers has grown to 35%, and the share who have e-reading devices like Kindles and Nooks has grown to 24%. Overall, the number of people who have a tablet or an e-book reader among those 16 and older now stands at 43%.
Interactive: Americans’ Reading Habits Over Time
Explore the changes in Americans’ reading habits, from decreases in printed books to rises in e-books, over time in this interactive.
Americans’ reading habits over time
The population of e-book readers is growing. In the past year, the number of those who read an e-book in the past year increased from 16% of all Americans ages 16 and older in December 2011 to 23% in November 2012. At the same time, the percentage of Americans who read a printed book in […]
In a digital age, parents value printed books for their kids
Parents who have young children at home are a relatively tech-savvy group. They are more likely than other adults to have computers, internet access, smartphones, and tablet computers. They are also more likely than adults without children to read e-books. But as parents adapt new reading habits for themselves on electronic devices, the data show that print books remain important when it comes to their children.
Teens and Technology: Live Discussion Transcript
Pew Research Center’s Amanda Lenhart and Lee Rainie took questions from readers about our “Teens and Tech” report in a Facebook chat conducted March 14, 2013.
Library Services in the Digital Age
The internet has already had a major impact on how people find and access information, and now the rising popularity of e-books is helping transform Americans’ reading habits.
E-book Reading Jumps; Print Book Reading Declines
The number of those who read e-books increased from 16% of all Americans ages 16 and older to 23%. At the same time, the number of those who read printed books in the previous 12 months fell.