35% of Americans now own a tablet, Pew says

Pew Internet Research reports a notable spike in tablet ownership, which is up 10 percent from a year ago among Americans.

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Thirty-five percent of Americans own a tablet and 24 percent own an e-reader, according to the latest study from Pew Internet Research.

Pew documented a big jump in tablet ownership. In November 2012, 25 percent of Americans owned a tablet. The findings illustrate the democratization of tablet computing and the impact on lower-cost models beyond the larger version of the iPad.

This chart sums up the tablet and e-reader ownership breakdown for Americans 16 years old and up. It's also worth noting that previous Pew studies on tablet ownership in the US started at age 18 and up.

Pew Internet & American Life Project

As for the demographics, Pew's research indicates that tablets are common among higher-income Americans, but still haven't penetrated lower-income demographics.

This story originally appeared as "Tablet ownership in U.S. surges" on ZDNet.

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    Larry Dignan is editor in chief of ZDNet and editorial director of CNET's TechRepublic. He has covered the technology and financial-services industries since 1995.

     

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