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School survey now live!

School survey now live!

The Teen Reading project is working with secondary schools in WA, NSW, QLD and VIC to survey Australian teenagers about their reading behaviour. This research aims to better understand how teenagers choose, read and discuss books, to ensure that they are better able...

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Summer Focus Groups

‘It’s like watching a movie in my head’ During the January school holidays we ran a short range of focus groups with teenagers in South Australia and regional and urban Victoria. We asked participants about sources of book recommendations, where they access books and...

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New funding!

Australian Research Council Grant Discovering a ‘good read’: Pathways to reading for Australian teens Breaking news (July 2019) – the next phase of our research has received funding through the ARC's Linkage Projects scheme. The scheme is designed to support research...

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Australia Council & Macquarie Survey results

The survey results from the Australia Council and Macquarie University three-year study of Australians' reading habits are now available on the Australia Council website. It found that word of mouth was the most frequent physical source of information about reading...

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Nick Earls on the fluctuating sales of ebooks

The Books and Arts program on Radio National recently explored reports that ebook sales are declining. Michael Cathcart interviewed Australian novelist Nick Earls, who says we shouldn't discount ebooks yet. Earls has also written an article for The Conversation this...

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Growing up in Ireland study

The longitudinal study Growing Up in Ireland found that cultural participation - which includes reading for pleasure - increases both academic performance and socio-emotional well-being for participating young people.

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Unpacking the Statistics

I recently came across Nick Earls' article on The Conversation, 'Has the print book trumped digital? Beware of glib conclusions.' This article raises some important points about the data behind the statistics on ebook and paper book sales. Traditional sources of these...

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Leisure reading on an e-book

Interesting article from ChanLin Lih-Juan  who compared university students' use of e-book features for both academic and leisure reading, and found that e-book features were most valued for academic reading. See Lih-Juan, ChanLin (2013) "Reading strategy and the need...

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