Caught my Eye: For Their Children, Many E-Book Fans Insist on Paper

by | Nov 28, 2011 | 1 comment

For Their Children, Many E-Book Fans Insist on Paper

Surprisingly, it seems that the ebook wave is not engulfing kids and toddlers.  In fact, even parents who prefer their books online want their children’s first reading experience to be in print. “They want their children to be surrounded by print books, to experience turning physical pages as they learn about shapes, colors and animals.” And this preference is showing up in the sales figures.  Publishers estimate that ebooks “represent less than 5 percent of total annual sales of children’s books.”  This is not to say that children’s ebooks have no future.  More children’s books are being digitized and the market is expected to grow with the number of new reading tablets and the increasing variety of apps being developed for interactive children’s ebooks. But right now, as Jon Yaged, president and publisher of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group says. “There’s definitely a predisposition to print.”

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