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The [march / much] of technology may seem unstoppable, but all [that / things] digital may have a way to go before they replace the traditional bedtime book - the [paper / papered] one. A new study shows that paper books are better than e-books for bedtime reading. The study suggests that the good [old / new] printed book, with real pages that you [open / turn] with your fingers, makes parents and children [instruct / interact] more than they do [when / whichever] reading with an electronic book. Researchers from the University of Michigan studied [what / how] 37 pairs of parents and toddlers interacted with e-books and paper books. The researchers found that with electronic books, parents asked their children [less / fewer] questions and made fewer [comments / commentaries] about the story.

The study involved [observed / observing] parents and children (aged two or three) reading from three different book [preformats / formats] . These were printed books, [basics / basic] e-books on a tablet, and [enhanced / implanted] e-books with features such as animation, [graphics / graphically] and sound effects. The researchers discovered that the parents and [toddles / toddlers] interacted with each other [fewer / less] with both types of e-books than they did with the printed books. A researcher said that when they did speak, they were [far / fair] likelier to talk about the device and the technology rather than about the story. Children were [likelier / liked] to say things like, "don't push that button" or "don't change the volume" than ask questions or [make / do] observations about the story.

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