For Reading and Learning, Kids Prefer E-Books to Print Books (via @digibookworld)

Well! But what about the smell, you say? Of the books, I mean, not the kids.

A new “QuickStudy” – so named for its short duration and the small size of its sample group – from the Joan Ganz Cooney Center observed 24 families with children ranging in age from three-to-six reading both print and e-books in the Summer and Fall of 2011. Most of the children in the study preferred reading an e-book to a print book and comprehension between the two formats were the same.

Now bear in mind this is exactly what it says on the tin: a quick study, mostly useful for identifying if there an interesting result that might warrant further investigation. Also, interestingly:

Enhanced e-books – those that have more bells and whistles than e-books, like interactive features and games – were also compared in the study with their regular e-book counterparts. Children recalled fewer of the details of the content of enhanced e-books versus the same e-book.

“Kids were more focused on tapping things and that took away from their comprehension as well as the interaction between the parent and the child,” said Shuler.

There have been few studies on the impact on children of this sweeping new way of accessing content, so hopefully this study will spur further research. For writers and publishers, having more of an understanding of how kids respond to digital content will help structure new e-books (both fiction and non-fiction).

The original article is here for further reading: