Ebooks + Teens = ETeens?

Publishers Weekly says about teens and ebooks: "Slowly but surely, teens are buying e-books, though not yet as often as their parents are. Depending on the title, YA authors may see 5%–10% of their titles sell in e-form. What's holding them back? Many teens say they love the feel of old-fashioned books. And with limited income from babysitting and other low-paying jobs, kids who want to go electronic often can't afford three-figure prices for e-readers such as Kindles, Nooks, and iPads. And even if they can, they may be unable to find favorite titles—such as the Harry Potter series—in digital form. "

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The New York Times looked at the same subject: "Ever since the holidays, publishers have noticed that some unusual titles have spiked in e-book sales. The “Chronicles of Narnia” series. “Hush, Hush.” The “Dork Diaries” series. At HarperCollins, for example, e-books made up 25 percent of all young-adult sales in January, up from about 6 percent a year before — a boom in sales that quickly got the attention of publishers there."

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Golfboy just got one as an early birthday present and loves it. He chose one sold by the Canadian bookseller, Chapters/Indigo because it came preloaded with 100 classics and he has been dipping into those since he got it. We've linked his account to our credit card and given him a book budget per month which he has so far not abused.
He's always been a closet reader; only one of his friends knows that he reads. The e-reader has given him a cool way to "come out" and he always has it in back pack so he can read on his long bus ride to school each day.

I think it gives him an independent ease of access to books which will probably translate into reading more. Previously, he would have to ask for a ride to a bookstore or to the library.

I was just cleaning his study and found a two note cards on which he had written lists. One was of the films he wants to see (he and I watched the Oscars together last night) and the other was of books he wants to read. These were Tender is the Night, Burmese Days, and The Road to Wigan Pier. He seems to have a real taste for writers of the twenties and thirties which we find interesting as, although we have read them, they are not our favourite writers. He's worked his way through Hemingway and is now doing the same for Fitzgerald and Orwell.
Wow, that sounds marvelous. The older my teen gets, the less interested she is in reading for pleasure. She does have a lot reading she needs to do for school.