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Electronic gadgets encourage reading

E-READERS and tablet computers encourage youngsters to read, a survey of parents suggests.

Just under half of the 500 parents questioned by the Reading Agency said they think electronic items such as Kindles, Sony Readers and iPads encourage their children to read more.

One in four said they have bought their children electronic reading aids, with a further 16pc saying they have either paid for, or let their youngsters use their e-readers and tablet computers.

But less than two thirds of those polled said that they have registered their child at the local library, or borrowed books for them to read.

The poll comes as the Reading Agency launches its 2012 Summer Reading Challenge.

The challenge, which kicks off this weekend, encourages four to 11-year-olds to read six books from their local library during the summer holidays.