I found this article very interesting! It's a rather small study but I wonder if it's a universal thing?
This in particular caught my attention because I noticed my male friends are more likely to embrace an e-reader and my femal friends want books:
“The technology appeared to motivate the boys to read, while many girls preferred the actual books,” said Williams-Rossi, who is also director of undergraduate programs in Simmons. “The data showing the girls’ preference were statistically significant and particularly intriguing. This is part of a 3-year study and this data came midway through, so we are continuing our investigation and interviewing girls to understand their reaction to the e-readers. It may be that they prefer curling up with actual books and that they enjoy sharing their reading with their friends.”
I thought this was interesting as to why the kids like them so much:
Overall, the students and their two teachers rated the experience as highly satisfying. In asking individual students what they liked about the e-readers, they said they liked not having to carry a lot of books; they liked other students not knowing their reading level or choice of book; they liked that the book they were reading was always available and hadn’t been removed from the classroom. The voice-to-text feature was popular with students for whom English is a second language.
This could really help engage those reluctant readers.
I suggest you read the whole article, it's not too long and has some interesting comments from the teachers and students.
What do you think? Is e-readers the way to go?