The e-reader haters and the people that disparage e-readers drive me nuts. Sure, this is only one study and has its limitations, but children are reading more than their parents. Attribute a lot of that to the recent surge in adolescent literature, like Harry Potter and similar titles, but also attribute some of that variance to the increased availability of reading devices (including e-readers and a recent surge in the Library Sciences to get children back into the library).
Children never waited in line for hours to get a book when I was growing up.
“We found that about 8 in 10 Americans under the age of 30 have read a book in the past year. And that’s compared to about 7 in 10 adults in general, American adults. So, they’re reading — they’re more likely to read, and they’re also a little more likely to be using their library.”
“We heard from e-book readers in general [that] they don’t want e-books to replace print books. They see them as part of the same general ecosystem; e-books supplement their general reading habits. And we heard from a lot of younger e-book readers about how e-books just fit into their lives — how they can read when they’re waiting in line for class, or waiting in line for lunch. One reader in particular told us that when he has a book that he loves, he wants to be able to access it in any format. So with the Harry Potter series and the [Song of Ice and Fire] series, he’s actually bought all of those books as print books and as e-books, just because they matter that much to him …
“We haven’t seen for younger readers that e-books are massively replacing print books. That might happen in the future, but right now we’re just seeing them sort of as a more convenient supplement.”
Also, don’t be pretentious and quit hating e-readers.
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