By Deborah Williams
A recent post on EdWeeks’s Curriculum Matters Blog reports the findings of a survey of American children about their choice of reading formats. The survey results show that a large number of children embrace e-books, but a significant number of them still like books.
The respondents had this to say about e-books:
- More students reported reading an e-book than in earlier surveys. In 2010, 25% of the students surveyed had read an e-book, but this survey found that 46% had done so.
- Slightly more boys responded that they read more than before because of reading e-books.
- About half of the respondents reported that they’d read more if they had better access to e-books.
- Most of those who had read e-books—about 75%–did so at home rather than at school.
- The respondents indicated that e-books are really useful when they are traveling or on the go and when they don’t want their friends to know what they are reading.
- The children and their parents like the convenience and tools—dictionaries, built-in note-taking, and highlighting features—of e-books. They also like the ability to have several books in one place and not having to do anywhere to access books.
That doesn’t mean that students don’t still like their books. These are some of their reasons for enjoying books:
- They don’t need batteries.
- It’s easy to see how much of the book the student has read
- The respondents like holding a book more than an electronic device.
- Parents like their children getting away from technology when they are reading a book.