Reading in the Digital Age: Young Children’s Experiences with E-books

International Studies with E-books in Diverse Contexts

  • Ji Eun Kim
  • Brenna Hassinger-Das

Part of the Literacy Studies book series (LITS, volume 18)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Ji Eun Kim, Brenna Hassinger-Das
    Pages 1-8
  3. e-Book Features and Literacy Development

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
    2. Brenna Hassinger-Das, Rebecca Dore, Jennifer M. Zosh
      Pages 11-21
    3. Adriana G. Bus, Burcu Sarı, Zsofia K. Takacs
      Pages 45-57
  4. e-Books and Literacy Practices at Home

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 87-87
    2. Roxanne A. Etta
      Pages 89-101
    3. Glenda L. Revelle, Gabrielle A. Strouse, Georgene L. Troseth, Susan Rvachew, Dahlia Thompson Forrester
      Pages 103-132
  5. e-Books and Literacy Practices in Schools

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 133-133
    2. Jeremy Brueck, Lisa A. Lenhart, Kathleen A. Roskos
      Pages 135-156
    3. Elise Seip Tønnessen, Trude Hoel
      Pages 197-215
    4. Amelia K. Moody, Jeanne Swafford
      Pages 217-233
  6. e-Books and Special Populations

About this book


This edited book focuses on affordances and limitations of e-books for early language and literacy, features and design of e-books for early language and literacy, print versus e-books in early language and literacy development, and uses of and guidelines for how to use e-books in school and home literacy practices. Uniquely, this book includes critical reviews of diverse aspects of e-books (e.g., features) and e-book uses (e.g., independent reading) for early literacy as well as multiple examinations of e-books in home and school contexts using a variety of research methods and/or theoretical frames. The studies of children’s engagement with diverse types of e-books in different social contexts provide readers with a contemporary and comprehensive understanding of this topic.

Research has demonstrated that ever-increasing numbers of children use digital devices as part of their daily routine. Yet, despite children’s frequent use of e-books from an early age, there is a limited understanding regarding how those e-books are actually being used at home and school. As more e-books become available, it is important to examine the educational benefits and limitations of different types of e-books for children. So far, studies on the topic have presented inconsistent findings regarding potential benefits and limitations of e-books for early literacy activities (e.g., independent reading, shared reading). The studies in this book aim to fill such gaps in the literature. 


E-books for children Effects on early language and literacy Effects of annotation on first grader's reading comprehension E-books and early childhood development and education Early reading with e-books Digital reading platforms for children home literacy practices

Editors and affiliations

  • Ji Eun Kim
    • 1
  • Brenna Hassinger-Das
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Language & Literacy EducationUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada
  2. 2.Psychology DepartmentPace UniversityNew YorkUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-20076-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-20077-0
  • Series Print ISSN 2214-000X
  • Series Online ISSN 2214-0018
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