Paul Weiner is a fun loving musically hip Boston illustrator creating illustrations for magazines, design studios and the children educational publishers. He has been a digital instructor at Montserrat College of Art and Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston. He loves to relax and play music with the Harmony Gritz band. He is quite sure the neighbors’ cats and dogs would prefer that he would stop. www.paulweiner.com
Paul says his illustration depicts a bear and friends rushing to the waterhole before the Summer is over, but it could also be that they’re rushing for see how many kids are reading e-books.
The ABCs of Kids & E-Reading: Volume 4
Devices, Content and Reading Habits of Children 2-13
By Kara Liebeskind
The partnership between Digital Book World and PlayScience, the research arm of PlayCollective, now in its third year, continues an intensive research project examining the children’s e-reading market and tracking its evolution.
Previous research confirmed that children’s digital media consumption is increasing, both for entertainment and educational purposes. The first report, published in January 2013, found that over half of all kids ages 2-13 were e-readers, 85% of whom read digitally at least once a week. The second, covering research conducted in May 2013 and published in July, confirmed the rising popularity of kids’ e-reading and a growing willingness among parents to spend more on digital content, recognizing its appeal and value to their children. The third volume, published in January 2014, found those and other trends continuing apace as the market for children’s digital media expands further still.
The current report uses the findings from the past two years as benchmarks for change and indicators of emerging trends. Based on the results of a survey of 752 parents of children who e-read, this report reveals both consistent patterns in ownership and use of the various e-reading platforms and notable shifts in parents’ spending habits, motivations and purchasing intentions. It also takes a new look into a wide range of family reading behaviors. An indispensable resource for children’s ebook publishers and digital content developers, this report also data on the devices most used by families, the e-reading habits children exhibit around favorite ebooks, the criteria parents use to determine which titles to look for next and the prices they are willing to spend under various purchasing models. In addition, this report explores the role of print books in an increasingly digital world.