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View Poll Results: At about what age did you start reading ebooks?
60+ 34 7.04%
55-59 33 6.83%
50-54 49 10.14%
45-49 56 11.59%
40-44 53 10.97%
35-39 75 15.53%
30-34 66 13.66%
25-29 51 10.56%
20-24 39 8.07%
15-19 18 3.73%
less than 15 years old 9 1.86%
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Old 03-12-2008, 12:23 PM   #1
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Poll: Age of People who Read E-Books

I thought it would be quite interesting to find out the average age range of people reading e-books. I am late 40s and only recently started, but like a mixture of p-books and e-books.

Are the young readers being captured? Would we trust our 6 year old or younger children with our £450 iliad (no Kindle or Sony reader in UK yet)? Is it older readers with more disposable income or 20 somethings with time/space constraints but no fear of technology.

Perhaps a topic for a survey. I could not find much from searching the forum but if this has already been covered apologies, and point me to the posts please.
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Old 03-12-2008, 01:18 PM   #2
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I am in my late, boy I hat e to say this, 40s. My niece and nephew like to borrow my 500. They are both in their early teens
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I'm in the second half of my 30's.

I can add a poll to this thread for you if you like, just let me know what the questions should be.
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Old 03-12-2008, 01:42 PM   #4
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ANd I'm about 20 years older than that young whipper-snapper from Texas called NatCh.
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Old 03-12-2008, 01:48 PM   #5
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Welcome, blunty. Excellent question about age demographics. I'm surprised we haven't had a poll for that already. I bought my Sony for my 50th birthday present. I had wanted a digital book reader for the past decade and almost bought a Franklin when I was poorer but never did.
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Old 03-12-2008, 01:58 PM   #6
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Old 03-12-2008, 02:35 PM   #7
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Yeah, we need a poll. I'd suggest a block for every 5 years of age, but I'll let the thread author officially request.

I started reading books on a Palm at least 10 years ago. I would have been 40. Now the pda is hard on my eyes, so I bought a Kindle. So, do you want our current age, or when we started e-reading? Another question to decide before we start the poll.
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Old 03-12-2008, 06:20 PM   #8
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Im 39 and I imagine most of the ereaders will be 30+, because I dont think kids read anymore!
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Old 03-12-2008, 08:12 PM   #9
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I turn 23 this month and am now worried that you guys are going to start calling me a "young whippersnapper" while you shake your canes at me.

I'm jk of course, you guys are all still plenty young, but I'm surprised there's not more young adults interested in this kind of thing.
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Old 03-12-2008, 08:24 PM   #10
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I turn 23 this month and am now worried that you guys are going to start calling me a "young whippersnapper" while you shake your canes at me.

I'm jk of course, you guys are all still plenty young, but I'm surprised there's not more young adults interested in this kind of thing.
Well, mid-twenties here, and another surprisee. I thought you old fogies (Joking!) would be the ones most attached to your paper books. Hardly a statistical sample so far, but perhaps the age distribution here is more skewed along the lines of readers-by-age than along the lines of technophiles-by-age.
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Old 03-12-2008, 08:51 PM   #11
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I'm in my early 40s, but started reading ebooks on an Apple Newton (in 1993), moved to a Treo 90 (PalmOS), and just this year picked up a Sony PRS-505. I miss the backlight of the Treo, but the clarity and screen size of the Sony (eInk) is fabulous.

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I am also in my early 40s and i started really reading ebooks when I bought my Cybook half a year ago. It was a combination of that I like gadgets and that I am running out of space for my pbooks that got me started.
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Age of People who Read Ebooks

I couldn't figure out how to add a poll to an existing thread, so I started a new thread.
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well, i'm 34 and just got my first device, but i've always read a lot and always loved gadgets as well... which is not to say that i buy all of them.

i have a friend who is about 10 years older than me who would never consider reading on a device, but he's refractary to all technology (which is ironic, since he's a developper), and doesn't even have a cell phone. another friend the same age as him was fascinated, as was a friend in her early 20's.

my father (who is 54) wholeheartedly approves of the idea of a device as a *complement* to paper books, for the convenience (among others) of having a whole library at your disposal in so small an object. he also loves to read and is mightily entranced by gadgets in general. however he would never get rid of all his books, since some of them he loves as objects rather than (or in addition to) for their content. he sometimes buys used books in thrift stores just because he likes the cover, or the paper, or the font...

as others have mentioned, i'm not sure age is necessarily the deciding factor.
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