Jun 22

E-books are the next chapter for getting kids to read

Like many boys, David Olson wanted a Nintendo DS portable video game system for his 9th birthday.

His parents got him an e-book reader instead.

“When I tell people we got him a Kindle, they look confused,” says Tim Olson, the boy’s dad. “They ask, ‘Was he all right with that?’ ”

Oh, yeah. He was. He is.

“I used to read 50 minutes a day. Now I read maybe 120,” says David, who just finished third grade in Osceola, Wis. “I don’t know why I read more now. I guess I’ve just gotten in the habit of reading two hours a night, sitting in bed, curled up in a ball, reading with the Kindle light on.”

Just in time for summer vacation, digital reading devices have begun trickling down to kids.

Read the rest of the Twin Cities.com Pioneer Press article here.

Permanent link to this article: http://lib.nckls.org/2011/06/22/e-books-are-the-next-chapter-for-getting-kids-to-read/

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