PublicationsDecember 27, 2012

E-book Reading Jumps; Print Book Reading Declines

23% of Americans ages 16 and older read an e-book in the past year, up from 16% the year before. The share who read a print book declined to 67%, from 72%.

PublicationsDecember 20, 2012

Reading Habits in Different Communities

Residents of urban, suburban, and rural areas vary in their purposes for reading, their use of digital content, their engagement with public libraries, and where they turn for book recommendations

UncategorizedDecember 20, 2012

Reading & Library Habits in Different Communities

A snapshot of the reading and library habits within the different types of communities studied.

PublicationsOctober 23, 2012

Younger Americans’ Reading and Library Habits

More than eight in ten Americans ages 16-29 read a book in the past year, and six in ten used their local public library. Many say they are reading more in the era of digital content, especially on their mobile phones and on computers.

UncategorizedOctober 23, 2012

Libraries Transformed: Research on the changing role of libraries

Lee Rainie will describe the latest findings of the Pew Internet Project about libraries and the new mix of services they are offering their patrons—and considering offering.

UncategorizedOctober 12, 2012

The Rise of E-Reading

Kathryn presented Pew Internet’s data on e-books at libraries at the 2012 Florida Public Library Directors’ meeting on October 12 in Tallahassee, Florida.

UncategorizedOctober 4, 2012

What Can Libraries Learn from New User (and Non-User!) E-Reading Data from the Pew Internet Project?

Pew Internet Research Analyst Kathryn Zickuhr and ALA Program Director Larra Clark will present Pew Internet data on e-books at libraries to public library staff and researchers at the Library 2.0 virtual conference, including a brand new analysis…

LibrariesSeptember 28, 2012

The smell of books

What’s in a smell? A book in any format may read the same, but it seems there’s something about the smell of print that e-books just can’t capture—for now.

LibrariesJuly 9, 2012

Notes from ALA 2012

Director Lee Rainie shared findings from our new report on e-book lending at libraries at the 2012 ALA Annual Conference on Sunday, June 24. He also discussed general reading trends, the rise of e-books, and library patrons’ experiences with e-book borrowing. Research Specialist Kathryn Zickuhr also discussed our research at a session of the ALA’s Spectrum Leadership Institute on Monday, June 25.

LibrariesJuly 6, 2012

Libraries, patrons, and e-books: A guide to our new report

As you may know, we recently published a big report about e-book lending at libraries. We’ll have some posts exploring different aspects of the report in the coming weeks, but you can also read the entire report online (or download the PDF, if you prefer). And if you want to jump to a specific section, here’s a brief outline of the findings.