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.
How Communities Differ in Their Reading Habits
Reading is foundational to learning and the information acquisition upon which people make decisions. For centuries, the capacity to read has been a benchmark of literacy and involvement in community life.
In Digital Age, Young Americans Keep Reading, In Print and e-Book Forms
More than eight-in-ten Americans between the ages of 16 and 29 read a book in the past year, and six in ten used their local public library.
Libraries, Patrons, and e-Books
About one-in-ten readers of e-books borrowed one from the library in the past year. But a majority of Americans do not know that this service is provided by their local library.
The Rise of E-Reading
One-fifth of American adults have read an e-book. The increasing availability of e-content is prompting some to read more than in the past and to prefer buying books to borrowing them.
Infographic: The Tablet Revolution
Key findings from a survey report on tablet news consumption by the Project for Excellence in collaboration with the Economist Group.
The Tablet Revolution and What it Means for the Future of News
Just 18 months after the introduction of the iPad, a new Pew Research Center study details the way in which the tablet is creating a revolution in how people get their news. About one-in-ten Americans now own a tablet, and more than half use it every day to read long articles as well as headlines.
E-reader Ownership Doubles in Six Months
The share of U.S. adults who own an e-book reader — such as Kindle or Nook — doubled to 12% in May 2011 from 6% in November 2010. This is the first time that ownership of this device has reached double digits among adults.
The cell phone — by a wide margin — is the most commonly owned piece of personal technology. Three-quarters of the public own a computer and nearly half own an mp3 player, while e-books remain a niche item. The average adult owns three of the seven gadgets asked about in the survey.