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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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Are School Librarians Important?

The Teen Reading pilot survey found that a higher proportion of students rated the provision of good books by their school library as a better motivator of more reading than local public or community libraries. While browsing the informative website of the  Australian...

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Teen Reading Pilot Study Report

The plain-language Snapshot Report of the pilot study, Teen Reading in the Digital Era: Platforms, Access, and Diversity has now been circulated to our participating study schools and stakeholders. It is now available to the public on our site. Snapshot Report March...

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Thirteen Reasons Why- Book to TV

A quick look down the titles of our teens' favourite books shows that many of these popular titles have been translated into film. Perhaps the popularity of the books led to the making of the film or inversely, the popularity of the film led to increased readership of...

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Top 5 genres preferred by teens

We analysed the favourite books of over 500 teens to identify their favourite genres. The top 5 genres Fantasy Contemporary realist fiction Science Fiction Autobiography/Biography Action/Adventure

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Teens’ Top 10 Australian Books or Series

Over 500 Australian teens were asked what their favourite books or series were. Here are their top 10 books or series by Australian authors: Once series by Morris Gleitzman Treehouse series by Andy Griffiths Tomorrow series by John Marsden The Book Thief by Markus...

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Teens’ Top 10 Favourite Books

We asked over 500 teens what their favourite books or series were. Here are their top 10. Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney The Maze Runner series by James Dashner Divergent...

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How often do Australian teens read for pleasure?

The Teen Reading survey asked young people a few questions about how frequently and how much they read in their free time. We were specifically interested in recreational reading, not school or homework. Here’s an early analysis of what we found when we asked how...

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It hurts my eyes (but only when reading)

iPads and other LCD tablets are widely used in educational settings. They are ‘do it all’ devices which can perform many functions. They can be cameras, music players, web browsers, as well as displaying text word processing or notetaking software, or in book apps...

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Review: ‘Words Onscreen’ by Naomi Baron

Naomi Baron's book Words Onscreen is an exploration into the changing nature of reading. With the increasing use of eReaders many people are forgoing paper books. With this change, Baron asserts, comes a change in how we read, with reading onscreen linked to surface...

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How to get teenagers to read

In light of the widely acknowledged benefits of recreational reading, in 2012 the West Australian Study in Adolescent Book Reading (WASABR) attempted to uncover the most effective ways that social influences can support teenagers to read for pleasure. Some of the key...

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