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50% of adults own a tablet computer or ereader

Pew reports: “The rise of e-book reading is tied to the steady increase in ownership of tablet computers and e-readers. 50% of adults now own either a tablet computer or an e- reader. Ownership of both devices jumped this year during the holiday gift-giving season. But people also read e-books on their cell phones (32% of e-book readers did that in the past 12 months) and on desktop or laptop computers (29% of e-book readers did that in the past 12 months).”

From the full report: “Three in ten adults read an e-book last year; half own a tablet or e-reader.”

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69% read printed books

Pew reports: “E-book reading is growing, but printed books still dominate the reading world. 28% of American adults ages 18 and older read an e-book in the past year, up from 17% in 2011. Still, 69% read a printed book, about the same as last year. Only 4% of readers are “e-book only” readers. The vast majority of e-book readers also read a printed book.”

However, it’s important to note that “print remains the foundation of Americans’ reading habits.”

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The New Library Patron (slideshare)

Lee Rainie, Director of the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, discussed the Project’s new research about library patrons and non-patrons: who they are, what their information needs are, what kind of technology they use, and how libraries can meet the varying needs of their patrons.

View a video of Lee’s speech and review his slides:

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