Sunday, January 27, 2013

Children's Ebook Trends

So, are you contemplating making ebooks for kids? Maybe you're thinking about converting a title from your backlist? It's probably a good time to start. The ereading habits of digital natives are fueling the digital book revolution.

Digital Book World is hosting a free webinar January 29th aptly named The ABC's of Kids & Ebooks: Understanding the E-Reading Habits of Children Aged 2-13. You can buy the book too, if you need more data.
The study, written & researched by PLAYSCIENCE sees the ebook trend as showing "no signs of slowing down."

"If children are the future then ebooks are the future of the publishing industry" the report says.
- Jeremy Greenfield, More Than half U.S. Kids Reading Ebooks, New Report Shows

The Kids & Family Reading Report, a biannual study from Scholastic & the Harrison Group, reports:
  •  72 % of parents are interested in having their child read ebook
  • Print books are seen by kids a setter fro sharing with friends and reading at bedtime
  • kids say they are more likely to finish a book they choose themselves
  • The percent of children who have read an ebook has almost doubled since 2010 (25% vs. 46%)
  • Half of children 9-17 said they would read more books for fun if given access to ebooks- a 50% increase
  • Half of parents (49%) feel their kids don't read enough for fun ( an increase in dissatisfaction)
  • 1 in 4 boys who has read an ebook says he is now reading more books for fun
  • 80% of kids who read ebooks still read books for fun in print
  • 58% of kids 9-17 say they will always want to read books on paper (a decline from 66%) even if ebooks are available
You can read the report highlights from the Kids, Families and eBooks report here.

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