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ERIC Number: ED140324
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Are Paperbacks Magic?
Lynch-Brown, Carol
To determine whether children find paperback books more appealing than hardbound books, children's reactions to paperback books were compared with their reactions to the same titles in hardbound format. A total of 150 fifth graders were divided into two groups: 78 children (42 boys and 36 girls) examined 30 hardbound books, and 72 children (38 boys and 34 girls) examined the same 30 book titles, with the exception that paperback editions were substituted for 15 of the hardbound editions. After a leisurely examination of the books, the children indicated which of the books they would like to read, which they would not like to read, and which they were unsure about. Analysis of the data indicated that significant differences existed only with girls' choices and only for five of the books. The significant differences noted did not appear to result from the type of book binding in and of itself, but rather from differences in explicitness of title and attractiveness of cover design. (GW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Report prepared at Florida State University