Is there any difference between reading on an ereader vs. a print book?

There isn't a lot of research about the impact of ereading on kids. In general, if your kids are reading -- and not getting distracted by the highly interactive features some ebooks have -- then you should encourage them no matter which format they prefer.

Some useful guidance about how ereading affects kids comes from a study by the Joan Ganz Cooney Center:

  • If your goal is literacy-building, choose basic ebooks and printed books.
  • To engage reluctant readers, choose enhanced books with multimedia features.
  • To help English-language learners, kids with special needs, and busy kids who don't have a lot of time, opt for audiobooks.

Reading is the one activity that's consistently cited as universally beneficial for all aspects of kids' lives. Providing a broad selection of both print and electronic books is probably the best route toward general literacy skills.

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Parent of a 7 year old written by mnm4242

I just bought my 7 year old kid a kindle eReader since she is now reading chapter books and it never made sense till now. I purposely did not get a Kindle FIRE or other tablet since the light reflects back on their eyes too much. I wanted it to look like a book like eInk does and not just a normal screen. I don't think it's good for their eyes to be staring at a lit up screen for long periods of time. To me, it's too much like screen-time. I also didn't want my kid having the books compete with the games/movies, so I thought it was better to have it as a separate device. I don't want my kid reading a book and constantly thinking about how many minutes she has until she can start playing games. I want her to get into the book and start loving to read. That is why I do not like all-in-one tablet/readers.