Poll: Children Embracing E-books

NEW YORK, Sept. 29 (UPI) — Children would read for fun more often if they could obtain e-books, but two-thirds say they still wouldn’t give up traditional print books, a poll indicates.

In a study by Scholastic, the American publisher of the Harry Potter books and the “Hunger Games” trilogy, about 25 percent of the children surveyed said they had already read a book on a digital device, while 57 percent of those ages 9 to 17 said they were interested in doing so, The New York Times reported Wednesday.

The report was “a call to action,” one Scholastic executive said.

“I didn’t realize how quickly kids had embraced this technology,” Francie Alexander, the chief academic officer at Scholastic, said of e-readers and other portable devices that can download books. “Clearly they see them as tools for reading — not just gaming, not just texting. They see them as an opportunity to read.”

A senior fellow at the George Lucas Educational Foundation agreed.

“The very same device that is used for socializing and texting and staying in touch with their friends can also be turned for another purpose,” Milton Chen said. “That’s the hope.”

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