If you didn’t already know, we have received a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to study the role of libraries in users’ lives and in their communities. The grant is for three years, and the research agenda has already begun to unfold. We just published our second report in the series; here’s a look back at stage 1 of our timeline and the first report …
21% of Americans have read an e-book. The increasing availability of e-content is prompting some to read more than in the past and to prefer buying books to borrowing them.
How often do you read? On what device? Why? Please let us know (and check back here later for a recap of our second report)!
"People are asking for digital content. Anything digital. They are hungry for it."
— Library staff member, responding to our online canvassings of patrons and librarians for our new report on libraries, patrons, and e-books. Read the full report here.
While there is a tendency to associate e-books with dedicated e-reading devices, we found that among people who read e-books, just as many read their e-books on a desktop or laptop computer as on an e-book reader like a Kindle or Nook—and more people read e-books on their cell phones than on tablet computers.
Take a deeper dive into the data here.
We want to know: Where do you read your e-books: On your phone? Laptop? E-reader? All of the above?
One-fifth of American adults (21%) report that they have read an e-book in the past year. The rise of e-books in American culture is part of a larger story about a shift from printed to digital material. We’ve got it all in our new report out today.
You’ll notice that the new report is living in a new space - as part of our multi-year study of the changing role of public libraries in the digital age, we felt it was important to give this work a room of its own. Please let us know what you think!