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50% of college students read E-books


As written up in the Chronicle of Higher Ed, this finding is described as Survey Finds That Only Half of College Students Use E-Books. But the fact that 50% of college students spend some time each week reading E-books, and almost 25% spend 1 hour/week or more strikes me as pretty high. After all, the 2006 NEA report To Read or Not to Read shows pretty low levels of reading overall. From the NEA report: a 2007 AP poll of adults found only 73% had read a book at all in the past year. According to the National Survey of Student Engagement, only 54% of college seniors are spending 11 hours/week or more "studying, reading, writing, doing homework". So, 23% spending 1 hour/week or more reading E-books seems pretty high to me.

Books Aren't Dead

"Books Aren't Dead ... (They're Just Going Digital)" proclaims the November 26 Newsweek cover story. The article provides an overview of the future (and history) of reading and of books, including an interview with Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, and a review of Amazon's new Kindle e-book reader.

The promise of the "always-on" book sounds intriguing, and I love the idea of toting around over 200 books in a single device. But, I admit that when I went to read the Newsweek article, I bypassed the online version and went straight to Green's current periodicals section to read it the old-fashioned way.

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