I've been helping out the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop on a series of what we're calling, "Quickstudies" to look at parents, children, and e-books. This line of research aims to examine whether and how e-books compare to traditional books in supporting parent-child interaction during co-reading through different methods.
Quickstudy #1 uses both quantitative and qualitative methods to look at the nature of parent-child interaction and engagement with traditional books and e-books on an iPad. We wanted to see what design features of each platform appear to support productive versus non-productive interactions and also whether the the type of book affects comprehension of the story.
Quickstudy #2 looks specifically at book selection. How do parents and children choose books to read together? Does the process differ when they choose a traditional book as compared to an e-book?