eBook Surprises & Other Annual Survey Results

Each year we survey our 6th graders on their reading habits, and the results are always interesting. Last year we were surprised to see that interest in dystopian books (71%) was continuing to rise as it has been since Hunger Games was published. In fact this year, interest went even higher to 75%. While mystery books continue to rise also, this year’s revelation was that interest in Adventure books rose from 77% to 86%.

Another surprise from last year was that the popularity of eBooks has gone down with our students since their introduction and this year’s survey showed that is still the trend. We also had some clues as to why they prefer print including the inconvenience of running out of juice while you’re reading and having to recharge.

This year 6th graders were asked "Do you prefer print books or ebooks?"

This year 6th graders were asked “Do you prefer print books or ebooks?” Nearly 55% of them prefer print.

2012 6th ebook vs print

6th graders in 2012 were asked the same question, and here’s how they answered. Only 32% of them preferred print.

This year we also asked those 6th graders from 2012 who are currently in 9th grade a similar question, and here are the results.

This year we also asked those 6th graders from 2012 who are currently in 9th grade a similar question, and here are the results. It seems their tastes have changed with almost 64% of them preferring print.

Another thing we noticed is that while in 2012 most students who read ebooks used Kindles, now they’re twice as likely to use an iPad, phone, or computer rather than a Kindle.

We use our survey results to help us make decisions through the year. This year we surveyed all of the high school students in addition to our 6th graders.

  • Since great numbers of students (83%) prefer to be able to talk in the library, the main library will remain the louder room in the library with the smaller room used as our Quiet Room.
  • We’ll be playing classical music one Friday each month since many students (68%) like that idea.
  • Students voted tea and chocolate tastings as their favorite activities to relieve stress with coloring and yoga coming in second.
  • We’ve also started “Chill Sessions,” informal lunchtime discussions.

Finally, in case you were curious about which of our databases is the most marriageable, students voted American History database as the one they’d most like to marry with Issues & Controversies a close second (should we be worried about dysfunctional marriages?)

 

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