May 25, 2022

Statistics: E-Reader Ownership Increases in the UK as Nation Becomes a “Smartphone Society”

A 4% increase in e-reader ownership in the UK during past year is one of a LARGE number of media usage statistics shared in the new 2015 “Communications Market” report published by the Ofcom, the communications regulatory agency in the United Kingdom.

Some highlights from the report are found in a new Publishing Technology blog post. We’ve also embedded the full text of the report (124 pages; PDF) at the bottom of this post.

From Publishing Technology:

This report shows that 28% of UK households now own an E-Reading device such as an Amazon Kindle – up 4 percent from last year.


Even while it shows reading device ownership on the rise, Ofcom’s research also shows that reading itself is rapidly losing ground as a leisure activity – particularly among young people. When asked which ‘media device’ they would miss most, a mere 1% of 16-24 year olds said they couldn’t live without books, magazines and newspapers, compared to 12% among 65-74 year olds. Meanwhile 59% of 16-24 year olds said the device they would miss the most was their smartphone, followed a long way behind by the television at 17%.

Read the Complete Blog Post and Analysis

Summary News Releases from Ofcom

Smartphones are now the most popular way of going online in the UK.

Full Text Report

The Communications Market 2015 (UK)

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.