So much for those who say Libraries are a dying breed. According to a Pew Research Center study cited by Shelf Awareness, 6 in 10 Americans between 16 and 29 years old used their public Library, the youngest especially likely to have done so within the past year. The same study found that 83% of Americans between 16 and 29 read a book in the past year, 75% having read print books, 19% e-books and 11% audio books.
Nearly 3000 respondents were surveyed by phone and their responses combined with comments from an online panel.
Other interesting findings:
- Among Americans who read e-books, those under age 30 are more likely to read e-books on a cell phone (41%) or computer (55%) than on an e-book reader such as a Kindle or Nook (23%) or on tablet (16%).
- Some 47% of younger Americans read long-form e-content such as books, magazines or newspapers.
- 52% of respondents who have not borrowed e-books at libraries said they didn’t know they could do so.
For the full article, see: http://libraries.pewinternet.org/2012/10/23/younger-americans-reading-and-library-habits/
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