As an author it may be somewhat self defeating to be pleased that your books do not sell very many copies on e-reader platforms. I however, am not in the least bit upset that my children’s books only really sell in print. Don’t get me wrong they have done reasonably well on kindle and even been top of their respective sub categories on a number of occasions, however the print copies have outsold the ebook copies 4 to 1. In my opinion this is great. It means that the children reading my stories are actually picking up a book, a real, physical book.
Almost everyone who has bought a book from me in person has said they would never, or very rarely buy their young child an ereader and prefer to read to them from printed books, even though they cost a little more. The children themselves prefer to hold a real book, to turn the pages, touch the pictures and generally interact more with a story than an ebook allows. It can therefore only be a good thing that parents are sticking to their guns on this one and the ebook for small children is nowhere near as popular as the printed book for small children.
One way to ensure a child remains a confident and enthusiastic reader for their lifetime is to surround them with stories and books that are as fun as possible from a very young age. Whilst adult books lose very little in the conversion to ebook the same is not true for books for young children. Those with many, large and beautiful illustrations transfer particularly badly onto a small black and white screen. I don’t think it would even be possible to put ‘The very hungry caterpillar’ into an ebook because the physical format of the book is so integral to the story.
Ereaders and ebooks are wonderful things for adults, but I am really very glad that the majority of our children are still reading, and enjoying, real printed books.