eBooks ... By the Numbers
According to a recent survey by Publishers Communication Group—the results of which were presented at the Spring Conference of the International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers and reported on the No Shelf Required blog (libraries.wright.edu/noshelfrequired):
• 32 libraries (out of the 250 surveyed) have PDA programs in place;
• 42 planned to have programs deployed within the next year; and
• 90 plan to launch a PDA program in the next three years.
Libraries & E-books
On average, 65.9 percent of U.S. public libraries provide access to e-books. Hawaii leads the pack, with 100 percent of its libraries offering e-books.
Source: "Libraries Connect Communities: Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study 2009–2010" study by the American Library Association, reported on Teleread.com.
E-books: More Fun for Kids?
From ages nine to 17, the time kids spend reading books for fun declines while the time they spend going online for fun and using cell phones to text or talk increases, according to a recent study conducted by Scholastic Inc. and Harrison Group. Forty-one percent of parents expressed concern that the use of electronic and digital devices negatively affects the time kids spend reading books.
However, the study also found indications that technology could be a positive motivator to get kids reading: 57 percent of kids (ages nine to17) say they are interested in reading an e-book, and one-third of children ages nine to 17 said they would read more books for fun if they had access to e-books on an electronic device. This included children who read five to seven days per week (34 percent), one to four days per week (36 percent) and those who read less than one day per week (27 percent).
Source: "2010 Kids and Family Reading Report" a national survey conducted by Scholastic Inc. and Harrison Group.