The of technology may seem , but all things digital may have a way to go before they replace the bedtime book - the paper one. A new study shows that paper books are than e-books for bedtime reading. The study suggests that the good old printed book, with real that you turn with your , makes parents and children interact more than they do when reading with an electronic book. Researchers from the University of Michigan studied how 37 of parents and interacted with e-books and paper books. The researchers found that with electronic books, parents asked their children questions and made fewer about the story.
The study involved observing parents and children ( two or three) reading from three different book formats. These were printed books, basic e-books on a , and enhanced e-books with features such as , graphics and sound . The researchers discovered that the parents and toddlers interacted with other less with both types of e-books than they did with the printed books. A said that when they did speak, they were likelier to talk about the device and the rather than about the story. Children were likelier to say things like, "don't push that " or "don't change the " than ask questions or make observations about the story.