Dear LA Teacher,
I can’t get my kid away from a computer screen. What can I do to encourage him to read?
Dear Reading Fan,
Did you ever think of buying your child an e-book reader?
According to the April 5, 2012 Pew Research Center Study about the rise of e-reading, 21% of Americans have read an e-book. The rise of e-books in American culture illustrates a shift from the printed to digital formats. The same survey reports that at least 43% of the American public has read news articles, magazines, or journals in digital format.
Digital Book World and PlayScience, a New York based children’s digital research firm shows kids are way ahead of the adults. Their study reports that more than half of America’s children are reading e-books, more than double their parents. These kids are reading digital books at least once a week using tablets like iPad, Nook, or Kindle e-book readers.
E-books are a lot cheaper to purchase than their paper counterparts. For example, an Amazon best seller like The Legend of Koolura costs only $.99 if purchased for a Kindle. The paperback can cost anywhere between $5.95-$12.99, and that’s before shipping charges are added to the mix. The Kindle download for The Legend of Koolura is free.
Here are a few other favorites and their cost in paper vs digital:
Anni’s Attic by Anne McGee- Kindle- $3.99
Linked Through Time by Jessica Tornese- Kindle- $2.99
Invisible by Jeanne Bannon- Kindle- $1.99
Hike up Devil’s Mountain by Penny Estelle- Kindle- $.99
I strongly suggest you invest in an e-book reader and I’m sure your child will be motivated to read more.