New research from Ofcom suggests that “Wales is a nation of fast adopters when it comes to new gadgets such as smartphones and e-readers”. More than one in eight (13%) adults in Wales had an e-reader in the first quarter of 2012, compared with the UK average of 10%.
Ofcom’s Communications Market Report 2012 also covers broadband take up, tablet ownership, tv and radio and postal communications for Wales and the whole of the UK.
During 2011, total broadband take-up in Wales remained stable at 68%, but differences by area and demographic still exist. Fixed broadband take-up is lower among households of older people and homes in less affluent areas e.g around 63% of adults in the South Wales Valleys have fixed home broadband, compared to 78% of adults in Cardiff.
I wonder if the e-books pilot in most of the public libraries in Wales has had anything to do with the rise in e-reading type gadgets?