Released: June 28, 2013

Digital-savvy young people often prefer to read a paper page

Despite the growing popularity of e-books, young people are still partial to print — more than their parents, in fact.

Three of four Americans ages 16-29 have read at least one book in print in the past year, compared with 64 percent of people ages 30 or older, and both groups visit the library and borrow print books at similar rates, according to a Pew Research Center study released this week.

The findings contradict the popular notion that teens and young adults are abandoning physical books for their digital counterparts, said Kathryn Zickuhr, one of the researchers.

“E-books aren’t necessarily a replacement for print books,” she said. “A lot of people, especially really avid readers, told us many of them still love the physicality of print books. But they also told us e-books are a way to fit more reading into their day if they’re traveling or on the go.”

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