A new study from the City University of New York, “Student Reading Practices in Print and Electronic Media,” to be published in September 2014 in the journal College & Research Libraries, tracked the reading habits of 17 CUNY students through diary entries, interviews, and discussion groups over the course of two weeks.
Surprisingly, the study found these Millennial students still prefer reading long texts and academic selections in print, at least partly because they felt more comfortable annotating documents on print
They read electronically a great deal, but this reading consisted mostly of brief leisure materials. They liked print for both reading fiction and for serious study.
Another item to take note of — students had negative views of e-textbooks, as they were less comfortable using them.