Sales of children’s e-books nearly tripled over the first six months of this year compared with the same period last year, figures showed yesterday.
Figures released by the Publishers Association showed that 2.6 million children’s e-books were sold over the first half of this year, compared to 1 million the previous year, reports The Telegraph.
According to experts the dramatic increase in children’s e-books sales could result in a generation of children growing up reading more from screens than from real books.
“It is entirely possible that people will be more used to reading from a screen than a page, and I do not think that it matters in the least, so long as they are reading,” said Sarah Odedina, managing director of Hot Key Books, a publisher of children’s fiction.
Publishers and retailers explained that advances in technology have meant that digital books for children, including picture books, are much more appealing to children and have taken off in an “explosive” way in recent months.
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