Increasingly evidence is emerging that tablets are not only harmless but can actually improve children's reading when used in conjunction with print books. Along with the radio interview with The National Literary Trust's Jonathan Douglas above, their recent research has been cited in numerous articles including the recent piece by Graeme Paton for The Telegraph.
It is generally accepted that tablets and screen are not harmful to children when, like anything else, used in sensible measures. This generation is the first to be raised with tablets and mobile devices from birth and it is certain that this will have an impact on how and when they experience books and reading. I've always thought that eBooks, or Me Books, provide experiences that compliment, rather than compete, with their print counterparts. Even for the same title we're confident that a Me Book is a faithful echo of the print edition adding a unique dimension. Similarly I always find the pop-up edition to feel quite different to the print original. It is this idea of the physical and digital as complimentary rather than competitive elements that underpins a lot of the work we do at Made in Me.
As far as the kids are concerned, they don't pay as much attention to formats as we grown ups do. Paper, Glass, Book, Game, Movie, Magazine, Toys... these things aren't nearly as important as the characters and stories they allow them to spend time with. They are all different shaped doors and windows into a child's imagination and as far as I'm concerned, the more the merrier.