Research: High Correlation Between E-Reader and Newspaper Reading
Consumer and media research firm Scarborough Research released new data regarding adults who live in E-Reader Households, defined as a household in which one or more adults own or plan to buy an e-reader such as Amazon.com®’s Kindle™ or Barnes & Noble®’s Nook™. This data analysis examines the nearly nine million adults within the four million households that own or plan to buy an e-reader device.
The Scarborough analysis found a strong relationship between e-reader devices and newspaper readership:
- The vast majority (78 percent) of adults in E-Reader Households read a newspaper in print or online during the past week, versus 71 percent of all adults. They are 11 percent more likely than the average adult to do so.
- Forty-one percent of adults in E-Reader Households visited a newspaper website during the past month, compared to 27 percent of total adults. They are 48 percent more likely than all consumers nationally to have visited a newspaper website during this timeframe.
- Adults in E-Reader Households are nine percent more likely than all adults nationally to have read a printed newspaper during the past week. Nationally, 71 percent of adults in e-reader households read a daily or Sunday paper during the past week, versus 65 percent of all adults.
- Half (50 percent) of these consumers read a Sunday printed newspaper on an average Sunday, as opposed to 46 percent of total adults.
“E-reader devices are becoming an important technology for millions of Americans and our data confirms their emergence as a natural companion to newspapers,” said Gary Meo, senior vice president of digital media and newspaper services for Scarborough Research. “At this point, many newspaper publishers are determining strategies for making their content available on e-reader devices, and this is creating a new opportunity to monetize content and increase readership.”
Hispanics in e-reader households are more likely to be male, single, college graduates and with high household incomes.
- They are 11% more likely than all Hispanics to be male
- They are 68% more likely than all Hispanics to have attended college
- They are 20% more likely than all Hispanics to be single (never married)
- They are more than twice more likely (113% more likely) than all Hispanics to have an annual household income of $100k+
- They are 7% more likely than all Hispanics to be home owners
Scarborough found that other types of media websites also have the potential to benefit from e-reader devices. Affinity for these devices applies to those who consume television and radio content as well. According to Scarborough:
- 41 percent of adults who live in E-Reader Households visited a broadcast television website during the past month; they are 42 percent more likely than other adults to do so.
- 18 percent of adults who live in E-Reader Households accessed a radio station website during the past month; they are 38 percent more likely to visit a radio station website.
- Adults who live in E-Reader Households are more likely than other adults to access a wide variety of cable news websites for news and information, such as CNN.com, FOXNews.com and MSNBC.com.
- And finally, this consumer group is 125 percent more likely to have watched or downloaded a movie online during the past month.
In examining overall Internet usage, it is perhaps no surprise these consumers are “super users” of a wide variety of online content and that they are avid online shoppers. Adults in E-Reader Households are 86 percent more likely than the average adult to spend 20+ hours online weekly, and more than twice as likely to use the Internet to blog, use auction websites, listen to podcasts or take college courses online.
The Scarborough analysis also found that consumers in E-Reader Households are almost three times as likely as all adults nationally to be among the highest spenders online (spending $2,500 or more annually), and their online shopping interests span a wide variety of categories. Perhaps not surprisingly, they are 121 percent more likely than the average adult to shop for books on the Internet. But they are more than twice as likely to shop for other items such as computer hardware/software, consumer electronics, cultural event tickets, movie tickets, sports logo apparel and wine.
“E-readers initially were designed to make the printed word available on a handheld digital device. But with the introduction of the iPad, plus functionality being added to other devices on the market, the e-reader phenomena has gone beyond the printed word to be a key portal for all types of mobile content – from magazines and newspapers to movies and music,” said Mr. Meo. “As these devices continue to grow in popularity, content providers will need to develop strategies and apps that help their brands connect with the emerging e-reader audience.”
Honolulu, Richmond, New Orleans, and Jacksonville are the top local markets for living in an E-Reader Household. Between seven and nine percent of adults in these markets live in a household that owns or plans to buy an e-reader device.
SOURCE: Scarborough Research, Scarborough USA+ Study, Release 1 2010 (Current Release. Data collected August 2009 – March 2010. Data collection period precedes launch of Apple® iPad™.)
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