Kids E-Reading, With a Little Help From Their Parents

children's publishers kids ebooks e-reading playcollective DBW15Slowly but surely, children appear to be spending more time with ebooks.

“While device popularity–e-readers, tablets, smartphones, computers–shifts from year to year…the overall take-up of digital books is huge and growing,” says David Kleeman, SVP of Insights and Programs at PlayCollective.

According to the organization’s latest research, which will be published by Digital Book World in a report next week, 93% of children ages 2–13 now read an ebook at least once a week.

That’s thanks in no small part to their parents, many of whom, Kleeman says, “appear more willing to spend on ebooks now as well, with growth each year in the amount per title they feel is appropriate.”


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