As digital devices and publications continue to be more popular at home and in school, some experts expected that print books would soon become relics—or at least fall out of favor with a generation growing up in an electronic world. However, that has not transpired yet. Education Week brought this news to us in their article, “Do ‘Digital Natives’ Prefer Paper Books to E-Books?”
More children now know what it’s like to read an e-book—61 percent in 2014 compared with 25 percent in 2010, according to Scholastic’s 2015 Kids and Family Reading report. It turns out most students still prefer to turn actual pages.
According to a 2015 School Library Journal survey, 56 percent of school librarians responded that they now make e-books available to students—but that number was down from the previous year. And the librarians surveyed observed that while students use e-books for school projects and research, many still prefer print books, especially for pleasure reading.
Melody K. Smith
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