So this is not really a "blog post" but it is my response to the question:
Reading and experience with books should start in infancy and you can't give your one-year old an i-pad! Reading e-books is a fun activity to do with your child - especially preschoolers - but children need books that they can go and choose independently. Personally, I'd be less worried about a 2 year old with a book that she might drop or tear rather than an expensive piece of electronic equipment. I'm not anti-e book ... I think literacy opportunities should be everywhere! But I don't foresee e-books replacing traditional books. Besides, when your are cuddling at night in bed or on the sofa with your little one, there's something more cozy about a book that an e-book can't achieve.
In the same way that computers haven't replaced teachers, I don't think e-books will replace traditional books. I think they will enhance the literacy experience for many children. I used to teach kindergarten and my classroom would have been a different place if I didn't have books to share! In block area we would have books about architecture and construction. In the science area we would have books about weather. There's no way I could achieve that level of literacy with an e-book that would only be available in the computer area.
So I'm anxious to hear what you think? E-books or traditional books for children?????