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Getting Back to Books

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Getting Back to Books

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More Americans aged 16-29 are reading thanks to the rising tide of digital content, according to "Younger Americans' Reading and Library Habits." The report from the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project (Oct. 23, 2012) also indicated that more than 80% of these young Americans read a book in the past year, and 60% patronized their local public libraries.

School assignments play a role in library use, as older high school students and college-aged adults are particularly likely to have read a book or visited the library in the past year. Their interest in mobile technology may lead to further involvement with libraries as they age.

Although digital content is a draw for younger readers, it is not necessarily being read on an e-reader. Per the report, "[A] majority of e-book readers under age 30 consume their e-books on a desktop or laptop computer. ..." The next most popular way young Americans read ebooks is on their cellphones. While 41% of young Americans read via their cellphones, only 23% read ebooks on e-readers, and 16% use tablet computers.

One college student in Pew's online panel attributed his increased reading to his e-reader: "I find that by having an e-reader I have developed a habit of reading in my spare time. …

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