Primary School Children Prefer E-Books

The literacy charity Booktrust has disclosed that nearly half the titles read by children in a new national school reading competition were read online.  The competition was organised by Booktrust and the Pearson Foundation, with support from the Department for Education, and ran from January to March this year.  Children could choose from 46 titles in the e-library or read any title in traditional book form, as long as it fits into one of eight competition categories.  A free digital library of 46 titles from Penguin, Dorling Kindersley and Pearson was supplied. 

49% of the 400,000 books read in the competition came from this library. 

Almost 100,000 nine-to-eleven year-olds from 3,600 schools signed up. 

One of the fascinating results of the competition was that primary school children are choosing to use multi-tasking devices on which to read.  Alison Keeley of BookTrust said, “Children were sitting in their rooms using their iPads and Xboxes to read, rather than for games.”

Interestingly this view differs from that of one of our recent blogs, that parents prefer reading printed books with their children.  It seems very young children and parents prefer the traditional printed book, whilst ebooks can provide something different as the children grow and develop a little in later primary years.

More information about the competition can be found here.