Research: Kids reading fewer websites, more ebooks

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Gigaom

In the UK, 7.8 percent of schoolchildren aged nine and up read e-books outside of class last year, according to new research.

That rate is up from 5.6 percent a year earlier, according to the National Literacy Trust’s “Children’s Reading Today” survey (release).

The survey of kids from 128 UK schools gives an insight in to how the next generation is using various platforms to read…

It shows that: “Since 2005, reading across all formats has fallen – with the exception of text messages.”

Remarkably, that trend even goes for websites. Whilst 64 percent of schoolchildren said they read the web out of class in 2005, that dropped to 50 percent in 2011.

“This is not simply about young people shifting their reading patterns from paper to digital as technology-based reading (such as reading of websites and emails) also decreased,” the National Literacy Trust’s report says.

The report does not…

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