E-Reading: How has it changed in recent years?

When Out of Print was released, 20% of American adults own an e-reader and 20% own a tablet. Since then, the use of tablets and cellphones to read books has increased substantially:

  • In 2011, 4% read on a tablet, 7% on an e-reader, 7% on a desktop or laptop, and 5% on a cellphone.
  • In 2016, 15% read on a tablet, 8% on an e-reader, 11% on a desktop or laptop, and 13% on a cellphone.

Millennials in Public Libraries?

IMG_1604More than half of adults between ages 18-35 visited a public library in the course of a year, according to a 2016 Pew study, compared to 45% between the ages of 36-51 and 43% between 52 and 70. This may be in part because libraries are changing and offering new services, like courses in practical subjects, and providing social space.


Who’s reading now?

When Out of Print was released, one out of four Americans did not read a single print book in an entire year. In 2016, this number had not changed (recent Pew study).
What else is new? Among those who did read, 65% had read a print book, 28% had read an e-book, and 14% had “read” (listened to) an audio book.