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article imageReading devices changing the habits of readers everywhere Special

By Andrew Ellis     Oct 11, 2013 in Technology
Technology has changed many things. It's changed the way we buy, listen, watch, and even store content. Now it's changed another aspect of our lives — reading.
According to a poll in USA Today, people who own a tablet, Kindle, or other kind of electronic reading device, actually read more books.
The poll says that 40 percent of the adults surveyed own some sort of reading device. In that 40 percent that said they owned a reading device, 46 percent of them were in the 18-39 age range.
The age range makes sense as the poll also revealed that 60 percent of the college students surveyed said they owned a reading device. 62 percent of those who said they owned one had an "annual household income of $75,000."
One iPad user, Annie, who is a college student in California, said that she mainly uses it for textbooks. She finds that she does read more because she can just toss her iPad in her purse which enables her to read in places she normally wouldn't. She added, however, "but for literature I prefer actual books."
Diane, who works from home, is one of the readers who falls into the 50+ age range. She's also noticed a change in her reading habits since getting her first Kindle a couple years ago.
"I used read about a book a week. Now I read about five a week," she said, and added that during the weekends she can read through even more.
The additional books she is able to read is in agreement with the USA Today poll. In 2012, readers who used a reading device to read went through an average 21 books in a year while those who stuck to turning actual pages only read an average of 13 a year.
According to the USA Today article, a lot of it has to do with accessibility. A lot of the books are available to readers right away, and a lot of them are free as well.
Diane said she can download books from her device for free straight from her local library for a month each which means she doesn't have to actually travel to the library.
So the next time you see someone's eyes occupied by a screen, they may not be trying to beat the next level of Candy Crush. They may just be lost in a good book — just like the old days.
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