“Timing is everything, in education as in many other fields. It’s not enough to teach well. You have to teach well to kids who are ready to learn, kids who are developmentally ‘ripe’ for learning.”
- Boys Adrift by Leonard Sax

Thursday, January 29, 2009

BTT: Electronic vs. Paper

Do you have an ebook reader? Do you read ebooks on your computer? Do you hate the very thought? How do you feel about the fact that book publishing is changing and facing much the same existential dilemma as the music industry upon the creation of MP3s?

I don't have an ebook reader. The idea used to not appeal to me, but now I actually think it would be kind of nice. I guess I won't know until I try one, and I honestly don't know when I'll be willing to shell out that much money. I like the library because it's free. :) Even if ebooks are cheaper than regular books, you still have to pay for them! And the readers aren't exactly cheap to buy. I like the idea of ebooks, because they are more environmentally friendly, I could have multiple books available, and it would be more convenient for travel.

I have some books on my computer, but I don't really like to read them in that format. You can't really curl up in a chair with a computer. I've heard that the readers are easier on your eyes than a computer screen, and it is small enough to read wherever you want.

Book publishing is obviously changing due to ebooks, but I think there will always be books in print. Especially children's books. I don't think a picture book would be as fun on a computer. I like having books all around our house, and I don't think my children would learn to love books if they only saw me staring into an electronic device. I do some of my studying and reading on the computer, and I really don't think my son realizes that I'm doing something good with my time. Sitting down and reading a real old-fashioned book is really good inspiration for kids, so it is something I plan to continue doing for a long time.


Shimmy Mom said...

I couldn't agree more. I agree with everything you said. Amen.


Matt said...

E-readers like Kindle would be especially useful and convenient for business travelers and moms traveling with kids. They don’t have to worry about lugging books around and paying extra for baggage. I’m glad there are more choices for readers but for me, I like the feeling of having an actual book, the whole tactile experience. No, I cannot imagine concerting my book collection to a handy gadget, that thought really bothers me. I do feel as bookish holding a gadget.

Yes, I cannot rove my eyes at the computer screen for too long.

Wizz-e said...

I agree, I also think that being able to read online has a place too. I love that my kids can read a short story online and then come to me with an interest in reading together.

I LOVE books, but I also think that ebooks/online reads can be a benefit too!

Great Post!