New Pew Internet & American Life Project Report on How People Learn about Their Local Communities

The Pew Internet & American Life Project has another new report of interest:

How people get local news and information in different communities

Please see here for the report’s overview and accompanying information.

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New Pew Research Center Report: “The Rise of E-Reading”

The Pew Internet & American Life Project of the Pew Research Center has just issued an interesting new report:

The Rise of E-Reading

See here for a summary of the report’s findings, including but not limited to the following:

  • A fifth of American adults have read an e-book in the past year and the number of e-book readers grew after a major increase in ownership of e-book reading devices and tablet computers during the holiday gift-giving season.
  • The average reader of e-books says she has read 24 books (the mean number) in the past 12 months, compared with an average of 15 books by a non-e-book consumer.
  • 30% of those who read e-content say they now spend more time reading, and owners of tablets and e-book readers particularly stand out as reading more now.
  • The prevalence of e-book reading is markedly growing, but printed books still dominate the world of book readers.
  • E-book reading happens across an array of devices, including smartphones.
  • In a head-to-head competition, people prefer e-books to printed books when they want speedy access and portability, but print wins out when people are reading to children and sharing books with others.
  • The availability of e-content is an issue to some.
  • The majority of book readers prefer to buy rather than borrow.
  • Those who own e-book reading devices stand out from other book readers and there are sometimes differences among device owners in their reading habits.
  • Device owners read more often.
  • Device owners are more likely to buy books.

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Over 90 Percent of College Students are online

The Pew Internet & American Life Project has recently published an interesting report

College Students and Technology (July 19, 2011)

arguably confirming what one might generally expect about Internet use by college/university-age people:

When it comes to general internet access, young adults of all stripes are much more likely than the general population to go online. Fully 92% of 18-24 year olds who do not attend college are internet users, comparable to the rate for community college students and just slightly lower than the rate for undergraduate and graduate students (nearly 100% of whom access the internet).

Undergraduate and graduate students differentiate themselves more clearly when it comes to home broadband access, as more than nine in ten undergraduate (95%) and graduate students (93%) are home broadband users—well well above the national adult average of 66%.

Community college students (78% of whom are home broadband users) and young non-students (82% of non-students in the 18-24 age cohort are home broadband users) adopt broadband in comparable numbers—both have higher adoption rates than older adults but lower adoption rates than students in undergraduate or graduate institutions.

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