The Pew Research Center has a new report out on the demographics of device ownership in the United States.
Nineteen percent of adults report owning an e-reader—a handheld device such as a Kindle or Nook primarily used for reading ebooks. This is a sizable drop from early 2014, when 32 percent of adults owned this type of device.
Ownership of e-readers is somewhat more common among women (22 percent) than men (15 percent), and whites are more likely than blacks and Hispanics to own an e-reading device, while ownership also tends to be higher among those who are more affluent and those with more education.
When it comes to cell phones, 92 percent of American adults report owning one, which is similar to the 90 percent of the public who reported owning these mobile devices in 2014. Although cell phones are common today, the share of adults who own one has risen substantially since 2004, when 65 percent of Americans owned a mobile phone.
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Free Webinar: Exploiting New Markets & Protecting Your Titles
Most publishers are actively looking for ways to bring their titles to new and growing global markets, but are simultaneously concerned about protecting their works from unauthorized use. In this informative webinar, Tom Chalmers, managing director of IPR License, will discuss ways in which technology—and specifically online platforms and marketplaces—can help publishing houses maximize their global rights and licensing business. Then, Blair Elefant, a senior relationship manager at Digimarc Corporation, will explain how new tools, such as digital watermarking, can protect your digital assets and intellectual property out in the field.
YouTube Authors Storm the Bestseller List (PW)
The ability of YouTube personalities to capture readers is writ large if you look at this week’s bestseller list. Three books by YouTube dynamos landed in the top 20 on Publishers Weekly’s overall bestseller list, powered by Nielsen BookScan, for the week ending October 25. The showing will not be surprising for the handful of publishers that have been steadily acquiring books by stars on the video-driven website.
Apple to Supreme Court: Appeal Court Decision Will Harm National Economy (Pub Lunch)
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How to Publishing an Ebook: Resource for Authors (Jane Friedman)
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Stop Doubting the iPhone (Stratechery)
“I am increasingly finding most commentary around the iPhone to be just a bit maddening,” writes Ben Thompson. “The iPhone—and, by extension, Apple—is in the strongest position it has ever been in, and I feel like far too many folks are being obtuse about that reality.”
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