Friday, September 30, 2011

ABC = F1F2F3

Will book app's kill the paperback the same way as video killed the radio star? I have no idea, but I found this article from the Guardian UK quite interesting. Personally, they would have to drag me to my death before I stopped encouraging my kids to read and enjoy books in their spare time, but I do love me a nice little Ipad for those (in)frequent times when all else has been tried and failed and you just need them to be quiet for a little while.

I certainly won't mind Leo playing interactive games associated with his fave stories, but would I pretend that his reading quota had been filled for the day? Absolutely not.
It will be interesting to see how parents will use these apps and what the research will say a few years down the line.
If I were to put money on it, the debate will sound pretty similar to the one on video and computer games.


  1. I have an eReader App on my Smartphone that I tried to use but in the end I deleted the application. Why? Because I love the feel of a book and seeing it on my bookshelf. I just can't see books becoming obsolete. But then again is it better for the environment? Also you can't share an eBook as easily as you can a real book.

  2. Hi,
    I bought a Nook to be able to download some European books that I simply couldn't find over here. I have used it a little, but the feeling just isn't the same. I thought I would jump at the chance to use it when I go traveling, to save space in my hand luggage, but that doesn't seem to be the case either.
    I am very lucky that both kids love books and reading, and I don't see books disappearing any time soon.
    I guess the worry is when apps are used in families where reading isn't a natural part of their routine, and parents think that using an app believing it is a valid replacement for a book.