Nearly one-in-five Americans now listen to audiobooks

The Pew Research Center is an excellent accounting of the changes in our behaviors as a result of the Internet and other communication technologies. This week they had two reports that really had me thinking.
The first is this one about audiobook usage by Americans. In my literacy research and education circles, audiobooks and podcasts tend to be things that we all use and consume. Yet, when we think about “real reading” in the classroom…we don’t think that audio content counts. I think we need to problematize this thinking.One of the storylines from this report also suggested that print books continue to be more popular than e-books or audiobooks.

The second report suggest that a quarter of U.S. adults say they are “almost constantly” online. Just let that sink in for a minute.

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