New Report From Kobo Looks at Children’s/Young Adult eBook Marketplace
Here’s a recently published report (13 pages; PDF) researched and provided by Kobo, an ebook seller and ereader provider. It’s loaded with statistics and includes a bibliography.
The report also includes a brief discussion about apps for children.
From the Conclusion:
Overall, if the eBook market for kids is considered the Wild West, it is one in the midst of being civilized. The resistance to providing a device to a child in place of a print book is diminishing – eBooks are already the go-to for parents and children when a distraction while travelling is needed. EBooks have a distinct advantage for parents and kids when it comes to convenience, whether that is in the ease of purchasing a new book, keeping an entire library in one easy-to-carry place, or having ready access to a world of stories and ideas anytime, anywhere. One of the most encouraging developments is the fact that eBooks seem to be helpful in turning non-readers or reluctant readers into avid ones. More booklovers in the world is a good thing for all of us, and opening up the world of books and stories to someone for whom that world was foreign and inaccessible is a tremendous opportunity and privilege.
About Gary Price
Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com.