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%.
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
Reading & Library Habits in Different Communities
A snapshot of the reading and library habits within the different types of communities studied.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.