Study Says Kids Prefer eBooks Over Print
via Digital Book World:
A new study indicates that kids prefer eBooks to print books. No surprise there, right? Although it did reveal some interesting things about comprehension between print and digital.
The Joan Ganz Cooney Center conducted a QuickStudy (so named because of the short duration and small sample) that observed 24 families with children ranging from ages 3 to 6, as they read both print and eBooks. Most of the children preferred reading an eBook, and the comprehension level between electronic and print were pretty much the same.
But between regular eBooks and enhanced eBooks, comprehension dropped off. Children recalled fewer of the details from the enhanced eBooks, which generally include interactive features and games.
Carly Shuler, a senior consultant at the center, offered the following explanation:
Kids were more focused on tapping things and that took away from their comprehension as well as the interaction between the parent and the child.
That's surprising. In my completely uninformed and uneducated opinion, I would have assumed that kids would engage at a deeper level with an interactive book. But I guess all the extra features are a distraction.
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