Survey: Children like e-books, parents not so much

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

NEW YORK (AP) -- A new study finds children are far more open to the emerging concept of e-books than their parents.

The 2010 Kids and Family Reading Report, released Wednesday and commissioned by Scholastic Inc. finds some children thinking that a bigger selection of electronic texts would make reading for fun even more fun.

But the same survey finds that a solid majority of parents aren't planning to join the digital revolution.

Around six out of 10 of those between ages 9 and 17 say they're interested in reading on an electronic device such as the Kindle or the iPad. Just 6 percent of parents surveyed have an electronic reading device, while 76 percent say they have no plans to buy one.

The 2010 report shows, as other studies have, a decline in reading for fun as children grow older.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Loved to read on Sep 29, 2010 at 09:50 AM
    "The 2010 report shows, as other studies have, a decline in reading for fun as children grow older..."- No s**t Sherlock. This brings to mind the first two lines of Paul Simon's song "Kodachrome". A greater part of the stuff we read in school, college and modern journalism is poorly redacted science, B.S. repackaged history or regionally spun half-news anyway, so by the time we're adults, a lot of our love for the written word is lost to more mundane matters like making a living and paying our bills. I recently read that the Texas School Book Board is trying to get their history textbooks rewritten to suit their protestant fundamentalist views. If this catches on nationwide, it will be the straw that breaks the camel's back. Future generations will learn to use old books and journals for kindling and cat boxes, mostly.
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