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Kids’ eBook Consumption Has Doubled Since 2010

The percent of kids in the U.S. who have read an eBook has almost doubled since 2010, according to a new report from Scholastic. According to the Kids & Family Reading Report, last year 46 percent of kids have read an eBook versus 25 percent in 2010.

For the study, Scholastic interviewed kids aged 6-17 and their parents to find out how often they are reading eBooks. The report found that half of kids between the ages of 9 and 17 would read more books for fun if they had more access to eBooks, which is up 50 percent since 2010. In addition, fifty-seven of moderate readers who have not read an eBook said they would read more if they had greater access to eBooks.

Parents don’t think their kids are reading enough, according to the report. About half of  the parents surveyed (49%) said that their kids don’t spend enough time reading books for fun. This response is up from 2010, when 36 percent of parents expressed concern about their children’s reading habits.  Seventy-two percent of parents surveyed expressed an interest in their children reading eBooks.

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