More than half—or 54 percent—of parents also stated that their children ask for ebook versions of the tales that they already own in print form. Researchers believe this data points to children considering the two versions as different ways to connect with the material—rather seeing it as repetitive material.
Amid these issues that are of concern to libraries, one stands out and ties them all together: Cost. Ebooks, unlike print books, can’t be resold by libraries and, in some cases, are more expensive for libraries to purchase than the general public. A good example of how this can put financial strain on a library is the Cuyahoga County Library System’s acquisition of some 300 ebook copies of Fifty Shades of Grey for nearly $24,000 last year. It’s exemplary of an issue libraries across the country are facing.
by Booknet Canada
Scholastic released their fourth biannual Kids & Family Reading Report, which focuses on the reading habits of adults and their children in the US. They found that 41% of parents and 46% of children read an ebook in 2012, which is up from 27% and 25% respectively in 2011.
In the UK, research from the National Literacy Trust found that 39% of children and young people read daily on electronic devices, including e-readers and tablets, and that the number of children reading ebooks has doubled in the last two years, from 6% to 12%.
Similarly, Scholastic found that on average, 49% of parents prefer their children to read in print. The figure jumps to 68% for children from 6 to 8 years.
Scholastic found that 1 in 5 children who had read an ebook reported reading more books for fun. Interestingly, though, 80% of children who had read an ebook also said that when they were reading a book for fun, print was the preferred format.
http://www.booknetcanada.ca/blog/2013/6/5/the-state-of-childhood-e-reading-so-far.html?utm_source=BNC+eNews&utm_campaign=119d35bbe5-BNC_eNews_August_12_2013&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_a10723ac8b-119d35bbe5-224529229#.UgjTWxZsDHM (August 8, 2013)
Scholastic Kids & Family Reading Report™ 4th Edition
The Kids & Family Reading Report is a national survey sharing the views of both kids and parents on reading in the increasingly digital landscape and the influences that impact kids’ reading frequency and attitudes toward reading. It is a bi-annual report with 2013 unveiling the fourth edition.
- Section I: Kids, Families and eBooks
- Section II: Kids’ Reading Attitudes and Behaviors
- Section III: Parents’ Views on Reading
- Section IV: Summer Reading
http://mediaroom.scholastic.com/files/kfrr2013-wappendix.pdf (August 12, 2013)