The eBook revolution is still in its early days, so Scholastic's new national survey, Kids & Family Reading Room, which shows that the percent of children who have read an eBook has almost doubled since 2010 shouldn't come as much of a surprise. According to the study, 46 percent of children haven now read an eBook.
Half of children also say that they would have more fun reading it they had more access to eBooks, also a 50 percent increase.
The study also found that if exposed to eBooks the demand for eBooks grows.
- Eighty percent of kids who read ebooks still read books for fun primarily in print.
- Fifty-eight percent of kids age 9-17 say they will always want to read books printed on paper even though there are ebooks available (a slight decline from 66% in 2010), revealing the digital shift in children’s reading that has begun.
A side benefit to eBooks, according to the study, was that eBooks are better than print books when attempting to read without revealing what they are reading to their friends. Peer pressure to not be the "smart kid" apparently still exists!