Children Want To Read E-Books, Study Finds

A new study has revealed that a great number of children find reading more interesting on an e-reader, but that parents don't find it a suitable product to purchase.

According to the 2010 Kids and Family Reading Report, 60 per cent of children between the age of nine and 17 in the United States believe that obtaining a wide collection of books for e-reading can be fun, news association the Associated Press reports.

The survey, which was commissioned by the publishers of the Harry Potter series Scholastic, involved interviewing over 2,000 children.

It found that two thirds of children do not want to let go hard copies of their favourite texts completely, however.

The survey revealed that only six per cent of parents own an e-reading device, and that around 76 per cent of them have no plans to buy one. However, 16 per cent plan to buy one in the near future.

"It's very important that we as publishers make sure we're engaging kids in reading for fun. There's an opportunity to use technology to engage kids... We can have great content presented in a digital way," said Judy Newman, president of Scholastic Book Club.