In the ever-expanding world of digital media, we have come to know and love (read: it’s complicated) the e-book and its partner-in-crime, the e-reader. Particularly in the realm of children’s literature, e-readers have become a popular way to learn new information, encouraging new generations of readers to sit back, relax, and thumb through – ahem, tap through – a good book.
A lot of cumulative research has been compiled regarding the preference of e-readers over paper media, and the results are quite interesting. Some studies suggest that children uphold a strong allegiance to books they can hold and smell. However, many groups of younger children between the ages of 10 and 13 tend to favor e-readers. To me, this makes a whole lot of sense. The younger the children, the more comprehensive their immersion has been in the world of technology. The older children and young adults still experienced the immense pleasure of going to Barnes and Noble or Borders, pick up a new book, and devouring it in a sitting. While they may find e-readers incredibly convenient, especially for collections of what would be a super heavy stack of textbooks, they still enjoy the simplicity and satisfaction of a paper book.
Regardless, it is integral, as writers serving this demographic, that we cater to both the children who love their paperbacks and hardcovers, and the youngins whose eyes catch the light whenever they power up their Nook or Kindle. Although we perhaps favor one medium over another (I know I do), we cannot allow ourselves to stick to what we know. It’s imperative that we discover websites and publishing agencies that will allow us to focus our attention on publishing both in print and on the web. Here are a few of my favorites!