Posts Tagged ‘readers’

Survey gets a read on e-readers

Thursday, April 5th, 2012
Survey gets a read on e-readers

A fifth of American adults say they have read an e-book in the past year. They read more frequently than their print-loving counterparts and they’re more likely than others to have bought rather than borrowed their most recent book.

Those are some of the findings of the Pew Research Center Internet & American Life Reading Habits Survey, which was released this week. As with most research from the Pew Center, the report goes into some detail. Here are the highlights:

  • 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.
  • Some 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 read e-books are more likely to be under age 50, have some college education, and live in households earning more than $50,000.

Most of the findings in the Pew report come from a survey of 2,986 Americans ages 16 and older, conducted on November 16-December 21, 2011, that focused on people’s e-reading habits and preferences.

Six degrees of reading

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012
Six degrees of reading

Want to see books similar to the ones you’re reading? Head over to Yasiv, a site that uses Amazon data to create a flowchart of recommendations. Created by Andrei Kashcha, the site serves up a web of book covers that, when clicked, lead to information about those titles. There’s also a box on the left that lists the volumes by title.

Kashcha describes Yasiv as “a visual recommendation service that helps people to choose the right product from Amazon’s catalog.” In addition to books Yasiv can web other products carried by Amazon including video games, music and movies, although a search for broad clothing categories such as skirts and pants yields only a single image. Good for Grand Theft Auto. Not so good for Vera Bradley.

Yasiv recommendation web for 'House of Silk' by Anthony Horowitz

Study finds news readers shift to Internet

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011
Study finds news readers shift to Internet

More people say they get their news from the Internet than from newspapers, according to a survey by the Poynter Institute and other organizations. Some 41% of readers say they get most of their news online, besting newspapers as primary sources by more than 10%.

Ad dollars are following the eyes. “Last year marked the first time online advertising outpaced newspaper advertising,” Jolie O’Dell reports at Mashable.

Poynter Print-and-Online-Advertising-Revenues-Fall-in-2010The numbers come from the State of the News Media 2011, the eighth edition of an annual report on the health and status of American journalism. The survey results are drawn from a sampling of more than 2,000 adults in January 2010. The report was produced by the Project for Excellence in Journalism and funded by the Pew Research Center.

The study finds the state of newspapers, and journalism by proxy, is more problematic than other media. In an essay based on study results a trio of writers — Rick Edmonds of the Poynter Institute and Emily Guskin and Tom Rosenstiel of the Project for Excellence in Journalism — predict cultural and economic shifts will continue to batter the medium.

Last year, as other media rallied, advertising revenues at newspaper organizations fell by more than 6% — that after a recession-led drop of 26% in 2009. Print circulation declined by 5% daily. That means more job cuts in newsrooms, which the study estimates have shrunk by 30% in the last 10 years. Despite the declines profit margins remain around 5%.

Unfortunately for those organizations, the survey found newspapers still haven’t discovered how to generate revenue from digital initiatives. Ad revenue increasingly comes from independent networks, aggregators such as Google and social networks such as Facebook. Newspapers also have little control over content and access to reader metrics when companies like Apple deliver their product.

“The clock,” the report concludes, “continues to tick on finding strong supplementary revenue streams as print seems certain to stagnate or decline further.”