Huge leap in tablet, e-reader ownership

The number of tablet and e-reader owners nearly doubled between mid-December and January, a new study finds.

A report from the Pew Internet and American Life Project released Monday found that 29 percent of Americans owned at least one tablet or e-reader as of the beginning of this month. That’s up from 18 percent who said the same in December.

The percentage of people who own a tablet jumped to 19 from 10 between mid-December and early January. E-book reader ownership also rose to 19 percent from 10 percent of U.S. adults.

Men and women were equally likely to own tablets, and the likelihood of tablet ownership was higher for people with higher household incomes and education levels, the report found.

E-readers, meanwhile, were slightly more common among women.

Associated Press