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21st Century Reading

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Reading rates have been falling for years.

Can books be losing their appeal? Can technology be used to
improve reading, increase reading,
and get kids to
read more effectively? 21st Century Reading According to a 2007 study,
"less than one third of 13-year-olds
read daily, a 14% decline from
20 years ago (National Endowment
for the Arts, 2007) Are print books outdated
in this age of
digital media? 21st century devices, like e-Readers, can help. Struggling readers and students with
special needs benefit from e-Readers
because of the ability to change text
size, the electronic dictionary and
the ability to highlight and annotate.
(Schrock, 2006) As students get older, they tend to
lose interest in reading and often
think it isn't "cool" to be a reader.
(Poage, 2011) Reading for meaning:

The well-known author and reading
expert, Nancy Atwell, believes students
should immerse themselves in reading.

To her, students should focus on
word-choice, highlighting important
sections, and looking up information
that is unclear in order to grasp
meaning. (Atwell, 2007) "Our students have grown up with technology all around them, are comfortable trying new things, and embrace new technologies." (Schrock, 2006) According to Francie Alexander, Chief Academic Officer of Scholastic Books:

“We are seeing that kids today are drawn to both print books and ebooks, yet e-reading seems to offer an exciting opportunity to attract and motivate boys and reluctant readers to read more books.” (The Digital Shift, 2013) Has the age of the
print book
set sail? Has the passion for reading died? The Scholastic’s Kids & Family Reading Report points out that the number of kids reading ebooks has nearly doubled since 2010. The national survey found that half of kids ages 9–17 say they would read more books for fun if they had greater access to ebooks. (The Digital Shift, 2013) The Kobo eReader
introduced in 2010 Sales of ebooks is growing rapidly.

In 2010, the year the iPad was introduced, some ten percent of all book sales were digital versions of texts that consumers downloaded to their Kindles, iPads, Nooks, and other electronic reading devices. That percentage was expected to double in 2011. (Griswold, 2011) Apple's iPad - introduced in 2010 The Skiff e-Reader
-released in 2010 The Sony Reader - released in 2012 Amazon's Kindle
first introduced in 2007 Today's e-Readers
are designed to
do just that! Clearly ebook sales are on the rise, but print books are holding strong.

Scholastic says, 58 percent of kids ages 9–17 say they will always want to read books printed on paper even though there are ebooks available.
This represents only a slight decline from 66 percent in 2010. (The Digital Shift, 2013)

Studies like this show us that while a digital shift in children’s reading has begun, print books will be around for a long time. While universities have been eager to try out e-Readers as a replacement for the cumbersome textbooks, which are mandatory for most courses, students, on the other hand, have encountered limitations in using them as textbooks.

As a Princeton student who participated in the school’s pilot program wrote in a post-pilot survey, “This is the future, but we’re not quite there yet.” (Demsky, 2010) In theory, e-Reader devices seem ideal as a replacement for the expensive, heavy, traditional textbook. Will we see their replacement soon? Books? e-Readers? So what does it all mean? Traditional print books look like
they are here to stay, but ebooks
are gaining ground. Both are useful in their
own way, and both have
advantages and disadvantages. Perhaps the best thing
that e-Readers have to
offer is that they are
cool, and are inspiring
more reading. In conclusion, it appears reading has entered the 21st century with the increasing appeal of the e-Reader. With many new devices delivering an ever-increasing number of ebooks, it looks like we are entering a new golden-age of reading. Although new technologies, like e-Readers, may not improve reading per se, they do go a long way towards inspiring a new generation of readers. The future of
reading
looks bright Studies show that boys lag behind
girls in reading. The addition of
e-Readers may give boys more
interest in reading due to the
technological aspect. (Osbourn, 2010) Traditional Print Books Textbook heavy Works Cited

Atwell, Nancie. The Reading Zone: How to Help Kids Become Skilled, Passionate, Habitual, Critical Readers. New York: Scholastic, 2007. Print.

Carrying Textbooks. Digital image. Http://kidvai.blogspot.co.uk. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Feb. 2013.

Demski, Jennifer. "The Device Versus the Book." Campus Technology. N.p., 01 May 2010. Web. 24 Feb. 2013.

Griswold, Jerry. "E-Readers and the Future of Picture Books." Weblog post. Parent's Choice. Parents-choice.org, n.d. Web. 23 Feb. 2013.

IPad eReader. Digital image. Parent's Choice. Blog.parents-choice.org, n.d. Web.

"Kids’ Ebook Reading Nearly Doubled Since 2010, Scholastic Reading Survey Finds." TheDigitalShift. N.p., 14 Jan. 2013. Web. 23 Feb. 2013.

Kindle. Digital image. The Digital Reader. N.p., n.d. Web.

Kobo eReader. Digital image. Ereaderking.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Feb. 2013.

"National Endowment for the Arts Announces New Reading Study." Nea.gov. Nea.gov, 19 Nov. 2007. Web. 23 Feb. 2013.

Old books. Digital image. Professorbrianstoddart. Wordpress.com, n.d. Web.

Osbourn, N. "Will the Rise in EReaders Mean a Rise in Boy's Reading Levels." TrueSlant Network Activity RSS. N.p., 7 Apr. 2010. Web. 24 Feb. 2013.

Poage, Cheryl Lynn. What Are The Effects of EReaders vs. Print Text on Struggling Eighth Grade Readers in the Language Arts Classroom? Thesis. Wichita State University, 2011. N.p.: n.p., n.d. Print.

Schrock, K. "EReaders: Can Electronic Books Help Reluctant Readers?" I.E. Magazine 2006: 10-11. Web. 21 Feb. 2013.

Skeleton treasure chest. Digital image. 123RF. 123RF, n.d. Web. 23 Feb. 2013.

Skiff eReader. Digital image. Tapscape. N.p., n.d. Web.

Sony eReader. Digital image. Goodreads.com. Http://www.goodreads.com, n.d. Web.

Treasure chest. Digital image. 123rf.com. 123rf.com, n.d. Web. 23 Feb. 2013.

Triska, Zoë. "Reading Statistics: Traditional Books On Decline, Survey Says." The Huffington Post. TheHuffingtonPost.com, 27 Dec. 2012. Web. 24 Feb. 2013. The versatility and power to download hundreds of books, magazines and newspapers appeals to everybody. On the 27th of December, 2012, the Huffington Post boldly proclaimed, "The tastes of the reading public are turning digital." (Triska, 2012)

This bold statement came from an article titled, "Reading Statistics: Traditional Books On Decline, Survey Says." (Triska, 2012)

Statistics are showing a decline in the reading of traditional books and an increase in the reading of ebooks. Enter the age of the e-Reader
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