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Parents show support for ebooks

30th September 2010

Most parents are in favour of their children using an e-reading device such as the BeBook eReader, new research has found.

A poll conducted by children's publishing company Scholastic discovered that 83 per cent of parents would encourage their children to use an e-reader if they had access to one.

When asked about other digital devices such as mobile phones, parents were not as enthusiastic, with 41 per cent believing they take their child's attention off reading books.

The research also found that 57 per cent of children are interested in reading ebooks, while one-third of those aged between nine and 17 think they would read more books if they owned an e-reader.

Francie Alexander, chief academic officer at Scholastic, commented: 'While parents understandably have concerns about the amount of time their kids are spending on electronic or digital devices, ebooks offer a way to get more kids reading and kids reading more.'

Earlier this year, Victoria Barnsley, chief executive and publisher at HarperCollins UK, told the Bookseller she believes half of books will be read in an electronic format by 2020.
 

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