Released: January 11, 2014

Spanish-language books flourish thanks to e-readers

When Luis Alcaraz bought a Kindle four years ago, he said, there was “practically nothing available to download in Spanish.” The Mexico native, who lives in Las Vegas, bought the device to replace printed books, which were filling up his house and were cumbersome to travel with.

Today, the software consultant said, he finds a seemingly endless supply of interesting electronic titles in his native language, including arcane technical tomes and science fiction novellas he likes to read on flights. To date, he’s bought 97 Spanish e-books for his Kindle. And he’s completely given up on printed books.

“There’s just been an incredible change,” said Alcaraz, who recently read a translation of Steve Jobs’ biography on his Kindle as well as “Administra Tu Pasión,” a Spanish-only treatise on why playing video games can help executives gain an advantage in the workplace.

Alcaraz is no anomaly. Latinos are adopting tablet computers and e-readers far faster than the U.S. population as a whole, according to a recent study by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project. In 2011, about 1 in 20 Hispanics owned such a device, the group found; in 2012, the number had jumped to nearly 1 in 5.


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