Released: April 4, 2012

Study: 21% of adults recently read e-book

Around 20 percent of adults have read an e-book since last year, according to an extensive new study, and the percentage of those owning an e-reader nearly doubled over the holidays.


The 68-page report, “The Rise of E-Reading,” was released Wednesday night and is among the most comprehensive takes on the ever-changing book market. It’s also the first of a series about e-books planned by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, which received a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Future e-book studies are expected to focus on the preferences of library patrons.

“The mission of the project is to look at the social impact of technology,” says the Pew project’s director, Lee Rainie. “And the future of knowledge and how it’s disseminated and how it’s packaged and the future of institutions like libraries and publishing houses is deeply implicated in that kind of work.”

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