As of September 2010, 5% of American adults own an electronic book reader such as a Kindle or Sony Digital Book, up from 2% of adults the first time the question was asked in April 2009.
Statistically, there is very little variation between the different generations, although the G.I. Generation is slightly less likely than younger generations to own such a device. Though age is not a strong predictor of e-book use, our previous “Gadgets” report noted that ownership is more likely among college graduates and those with relatively high household incomes.
Though there have been several incarnations of tablet-like computers over the years, they had not gained widespread attention until Apple introduced the iPad in early 2010.
As of September 2010, 4% of American adults own a tablet computer such as an iPad. Though education and household income are high predictors for owning a tablet computer, as with e-book readers, they are also more popular with adults age 56 and under (who are significantly more likely to own a tablet computer than adults age 66 and older).
In a previous May 2010 survey, when 3% of all adults said they owned a tablet computer, roughly six in ten
of tablet owners said they use their device to access the internet. However, given the small number of tablet owners these findings are not reported in detail here.