Young and old differ on ebook preferences, according to US study

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NEW YORK, N.Y. - A new U.S. survey says there's a generation gap among ebook fans.

Readers under 30 prefer cellphones and computers. Those over 30 like dedicated devices such as the Kindle.

The Pew Research Center's latest study focuses on young readers. Among e-book users surveyed, between ages 16-29, more than half read one on a desktop or laptop and around 40 per cent use a cellphone. Around 25 per cent used an e-reader. Among respondents 30 and older, 46 per cent preferred e-readers, just 25 per cent cellphones.

According to the report released Tuesday, teen readers were less likely to read an ebook than those immediately older. Around 12 per cent of respondents aged 16-17 read an ebook over the past year, compared to 21 per cent for ages 18-24 and 25 per cent for ages 30-39.

Organizations: Pew Research Center

Geographic location: U.S., NEW YORK, N.Y.

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