Many parents want to introduce their children to electronic devices, including e-readers, but they first want to gain as much understanding as possible to ensure they make wise, healthy decisions. One of the big questions is whether or not e-readers have an advantage over traditional books in terms of boosting literacy rates. Many schools are beginning to use e-readers in the classroom, for instance, while parents are downloading apps that claim to accelerate reading skills for pre-schoolers. So let’s look at some of the information that sheds light on the value of e-books for young students as compared
Do you recall the most surprising and rewarding thing that you experienced when trying out the popular e-book format for the first time on an e-reader device such as a Kindle or Nook? For most people it is the astonishingly realistic quality. They are intrigued and somewhat mystified by how much the paper and ink resembles what they see on a traditional printed page. Even the visual color and texture of the paper is crisp, clear, and comfortably viewed despite challenges like bright light that can make reading text on a computer or smart phone screen very difficult.
Let’s face it. Not everyone is a book reader, as sad as that may sound. Late last year, in fact, the Huffington Post published data showing that 28 percent of Americans had not read even one book within the past 12 months. Some studies from the publishing industry indicate that only 32 percent of the U.S. population has ever been in a bookstore.
Those who have never ventured into a bookstore may nevertheless be quite familiar with online shopping. So the good news is that a Pew Research Center study published in 2012 found that 20% of Americans