British Kids Read Their e-Books On a Bigger Screen, says New Study from Bowker
London, May 14, 2012—British children aged 10 and under are reading e-books, but on laptops rather than designated devices like the Amazon Kindle. Once they turn 11, they embrace the Kindle as their most widely used device for e-book consumption (Figure 1). These insights are courtesy of Bowker® Market Research’s Understanding the Digital Consumer project, an ongoing study of the use of e-books by British consumers. The latest wave of research, completed in March 2012, included an extended set of questions around children and their use of digital content.
“The e-book market is developing rapidly in all age groups. Children are big consumers of books and it’s essential to plot their take up of this format,” said Jo Henry, Director of Bowker Market Research. “Young children’s preference for laptops may reflect that device’s superior delivery of colour and graphics, so important in books for that age group. As tablets take hold, we may see younger readers skip past dedicated e-readers altogether and go directly to this emerging device.”
The latest results from Understanding the Digital Consumer show that among adult readers of e-books there has been a huge increase in the use of the Kindle device, with 40 percent of e-readers using it most often. The Kindle has surpassed both desktops and laptops (collectively used most often by 45 percent as measured in February 2011) and other e-readers (used most often by 6% in February 2011). There was also growth in the use of tablets, which more than doubled market share between February 2011 and March 2012, but still lag other devices. Just 12 percent report using them most often.
Looking at e-book consumption overall, Understanding the Digital Consumer shows continuing growth in the percentage of British adults who have purchased an e-book -- an almost three-fold increase since February 2011. The market is set for yet further growth, with 31 percent of British adults saying they are likely to buy an e-book in the next six months.