“Think about how difficult it must be to read even five pages of an 800-page college textbook when you’ve been used to spending most of your time switching between one digital activity and another in a matter of seconds,” she added. “It really highlights the challenges students and faculty both face in the current era.”
My source article
My random thoughts:
- Bad parenting
- Technology addiction
- Social media is not social
- Social media is evil
- The slow agonizing death of newspapers
- Colleges and universities will be challenged
- Put the cellphone down and keep your hands where I can see them.
There is a link to the full study in the source article.
The number of Americans ages 16 and older who own tablet computers has grown to 35%, and the share who have e-reading devices like Kindles and Nooks has grown to 24%. Overall, the number of people who have a tablet or an e-book reader among those 16 and older now stands at 43%.
Up from 25% last year, more than half of those in households earning $75,000 or more now have tablets. Up from 19% last year, 38% of those in upper-income households now have e-readers.
via Tablet and E-reader Ownership Update | Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project.
E-books Now Make Up 1/5 of U.S. Book Sales.
A reader questioned why I did not read E-books several years ago. I grew up in a dead tree book world and preferred paper books. This despite a growing dependence upon computers and the internet for work where most of my reading was done.
I am now equipped with a smart phone and an E-book reader. When reading a book I now have my choice of four different devices. I like this a lot. So while I continue my love for paper books, E-books have found a place on my digital shelf.
The share of adults in the United States who own tablet computers nearly doubled from 10% to 19% between mid-December and early January and the same surge in growth also applied to e-book readers, which also jumped from 10% to 19% over the same time period.
The number of Americans owning at least one of these digital reading devices jumped from 18% in December to 29% in January.
via Tablet and E-book reader Ownership Nearly Double Over the Holiday Gift-Giving Period | Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project.
Faithful followers are aware this author abandoned his Read a Book a Week project sometime in 2011. Workload got very busy so I ultimately had to trade non-work reading time for revenue. Not a bad trade-off but I still miss my recreational reading time.
I’ve owned a Kindle for over a year now and received a smart phone this past Christmas. I can now access my Kindle books on my phone. We’ll see if this helps me read more books this year.
Click through to the Pew website where you can download a PDF copy of this study.
globeandmail.com: Ebook sales are close to $1-billion. From Sentimentalists to Imperfectionists, John Barber explores how the publishing world shifted in 2010
The slow yet steady shift from dead tree to digital versions of books is fascinating. One of my holiday presents was a Kindle. I have joined the movement.
Last year was a disappointing year in my personal book reading. I read just 30 books in 2010. The reason was simple to deduce. I spent too much time doing other things (like working).
And in recognition of the new reality I am not increasing my effort to meet my goal of reading a book a week. I’ve decided to approach this situation with more intelligence than I have in the past. Yes, I’m setting the bar lower.
Read a Book a Week is now Read a Book Every Other Week.
26 books this year should be doable, no?