Could Using an E-reader Get Your Kid More Excited to Read Books?

To e-book or not to e-book? Children say “Yes,” but parents say “No.”  The 2010 Kids and Family Reading Report, which was commissioned by Scholastic Inc., revealed that 60 percent of children ages 9-17 are interested in technology-assisted reading. One-third of the kids said having an e-book would get them to do more reading just for fun. Parents, however, are resisting the shift. Only 6 percent of the parents surveyed own an electronic reader, and according to a Harris Poll, 80 percent of adults said they were not likely to get one.

There are many reasons to resist e-book technology. Personally, I think if I had an e-reader, I'd miss the weight of a "real" book and the ability to read in any position or place (hello bathtub!), but I have to remind myself that kids might not have as much nostalgia for paper pages as we adults do. Knowing that, I'd be willing to try any trick, vice or device that would inspire my children to read for fun. But unfortunately, the cost of an e-reader (about $140) just isn't affordable for many families -- and without any guarantees that it will work, it might not be worth it to spend the money. Is it too much of a gamble? You decide!

Do you think that having an e-reader would motivate your kid to read more books? Chime in below!

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