University of Portsmouth students are top e-book readers

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STUDENTS at the University of Portsmouth are the leading users of e-books in the country, according to the Society of College, National and University Libraries.

Digital reads at Portsmouth has risen from 15,000 to 87,500 since their introduction in 2004 – representing an increase of more than 1,000 per cent, statistics show.

Anne Worden, humanities and social sciences librarian, said: ‘Students value the convenience of e-books when completing assignments because they can easily search for relevant information and they are available 24/7.’

She added: ‘Each year the number of students increases but lack of space and money means it is difficult to increase multiple copies of physical books.’

This year, e-books will be downloadable to mobile phones and tablets, which means students will be able to read the books away from a computer.

Miss Worden said: ‘Although e-books started out as a project for us back in 2004, they have now become very much a mainstream service for students with the amount we spend on e-books rising each year.’