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Pew Research data shows U.S. still taking the tablets
October 20, 2013 | 5:30 pm

tabletsThe latest Tablet and E-reader Ownership Update from the Pew Research Center’s Internet Project shows Americans consuming tablets and ereader devices eagerly, although perhaps not at the same breakneck speed that they were in previous years. "Overall, the number of people who have a tablet or an e-book reader among those 16 and older now stands at 43%," states the Update. Tablet ownership, based on a survey "conducted from July 18 to September 20, 1013 among 6,224 Americans ages 16 and older," stands at 35%, up 10 percentage points from November 2012. Dedicated ereader adoption is also still rising, albeit at...

TeleRead Calls Bullshit On All These Meaningless Publishing Industry Reports
December 29, 2012 | 3:39 pm

E-book reading is up, print reading is down, girl with e-reader, girl with e-books"One of the biggest mistakes we as a society in general, and industry in specific make is that we mistake medium for the message. Those who can keep their eye on the message—Amazon and Netflix for example—profit handsomely. On the flip-side you have Flickr." —Om Malik This particular time of year—the stretch between Christmas and, say, the first week or two of January—seems to always result in some sort of consumer-relevant trend story that is repeated over and over again in the media, ad nauseum, until most people simply begin thinking of the story as nothing less than pure...

The Flat Future of Electronic Reading
December 20, 2012 | 2:21 pm

  By Andy Richardson, CEO of Influential Software The future wasn’t meant to look like this. According to e-book evangelists, freeing the book from its paper format was going to herald a new era of reading. Physical book sales would wither and e-book sales soar as a new generation of reader, converted by the convenience of digital reading, thumbed through Twilight on their phones. I believe this was a fatally flawed reading of the future, for multiple reasons: It was based on the notion that e-book sales were automatically ‘additive’ to the overall book market, when publishers had no way of tracking whether e-book...

The Disappearing Market Share of the E-Reader: Is it now a transitioning technology?
November 1, 2012 | 1:56 pm

E Ink Chief Marketing Officer Sriram PeruvembaLast weekend, Reuters ran an interesting analysis-style think piece titled "E-readers grapple with a future on the shelf." The article revolves around the idea that because tablets have grown so popular, so quickly, the lowly e-reader has essentially becoming a nearly outdated gadget. Tablets, to put it plainly, have finally replaced e-readers, once and for all. From the article's lede: Amidst our growing love affair with the tablet, spare a thought for its increasingly shelfbound sibling: the e-reader. Take Taiwan's E Ink Holdings Inc, which makes most of the monochrome displays for devices such as Amazon's Kindle and Barnes & Noble's Nook. After...

Pew Research Center: Young Americans prefer reading e-books on cell phones and computers
October 24, 2012 | 9:58 pm

If you haven't had a chance to look it over just yet, here's the link (PDF) to the Pew Research Center's recently-released study on the reading and library usage habits of young Americans. If you're simply looking for the study's bottom line—the take-away, as it were—I'd suggest reading this brief A.P. item, which leads with the discovery that "there's a generation gap among ebook fans," and that while "readers under 30 prefer cell phones and computers, those over 30 like dedicated devices such as the Kindle." The survey, titled Young Americans' Reading and Library Habits, has already received a decent amount of press attention, but as far as I can...

Can e-readers help save reading?
May 22, 2012 | 1:33 am has a post by Justin Marquis Ph.D. looking at the alarming trend of declining reading rates over the last few decades, and bringing up the recent Pew study showing that e-reader owners read more as a possible harbinger of ways to reduce the trend. People who read more, Marquis points out, become more “interesting, engaged, and intellectual”. They have a higher degree of emotional as well as standard literacy, developing empathy through repeatedly putting themselves in the place of the characters they read about. Adolescents who don’t develop good reading habits are at a disadvantage in college where...

Pew issues comprehensive survey report on ereading
April 5, 2012 | 9:32 am

Screen Shot 2012 04 05 at 9 30 19 AM From a report just published by the Pew Internet and American Life Project.  The full summary of the report is here and contains much more info than is reproduced below.  Unfortunately, despite its non-profit status Pew does not issue its reports under a Creative Commons License so I can't reproduce too much of it. One-fifth of American adults (21%) report that they have read an e-book in the past year, and this number increased following a gift-giving season that saw a spike in the ownership of both tablet computers and e-book reading devices such as the original Kindles and Nooks. In...

46% of American adults own a smartphone
March 6, 2012 | 11:59 pm

Ars Technica and our sister blog Gadgetell have links to an interesting Pew Research survey on the demographics of smartphones. According to the survey, 46% of American adults now (think they) have smartphones. (8% aren’t sure whether what they have is a smartphone or not.) There are some numbers in the study relating to the demographics break down, but the most interesting takeaway for here, I think, is that now nearly half of American adults own a device that may be capable of reading e-books. It’s unclear how many of those people care about reading e-books on such a...

Pew Research Center releases study on tablets and news reading
October 25, 2011 | 1:15 pm

Fig-1_-Daily-News-Users-04The Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism, at, has released a study on how many people own tablets and how they use them. According to the study, 11% of the US adult population owns a tablet, 77% of those owners use their tablets daily, and 53% of tablet owners read news on them on a daily basis. The only things that they do more than that on tablets are e-mail (54%) and surf the web (67%). (E-book reading only comes in at 17%.) There are other figures relating to how many tablet news readers read more...

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