E-books may spur more kids to read: study

The amount of time children spend reading books for enjoyment decreases as they use cell phones and other mobile technology, but e-books might just bring them back to literature, according to a report released on Wednesday. The study, which was conducted by educational and media company Scholastic and Harrison Group, a marketing and research consulting firm, also found parents are concerned that greater access to technology would limit time reading or with family. However, the study found that technology might actually encourage a child to read. Of the kids polled in the study, 57 percent said they would be interested in reading an e-book. About one-third of children said they would read more books for pleasure if e-books were more available to them. Sixty-six percent, however, said they would continue to read books in print even with greater e-book availability. The study also demonstrates that parents and children have drastically different views of what reading is. While only 8 percent of parents considered text messages reading, one quarter of children did.



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