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Children's books, Children's literature -- Publishing, Electronic books -- Juvenile literature


As publishers it is important to learn about new reading platforms and how to use them to the benefit of readers. There have been numerous advancements in the past several years with regard to electronic books (or eBooks), including an emergence of technology that allows for relatively easy and cost effective ways to create eBooks for children. As eBook technology advances, questions are arising about the eBook’s validity as a learning tool, and whether it is even safe for children to be using eBooks at all. Studies have been conducted in the recent past with the goal of answering these questions, and despite inconclusive results, many parents have decided against using eBooks entirely. The findings of several studies show eBooks may have great benefits for children learning to read, including options for differently abled readers, narration and word help for younger readers, and interactive choices for readers who are a bit more reluctant. To research the validity of the eBook as a learning tool, this paper will examine the brain’s capacity for reading, the differences between reading on paper and on screen, and how these differences affect young readers. Next it will discuss how different age groups interact with reading technology and the effects basic eBooks and interactive eBooks have on the reader. Finally it will explore what publishers —and parents— can do to combat any ill effects and create a positive reading experience for children.


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Paper submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of either the Master of Arts in Writing: Book Publishing, or the Master of Science in Writing: Book Publishing.

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