What I'm Reading


How young should a child begin using technology? How young should a child begin to read? These questions are compounded when e-readers seem to be the new way for children to read.

The New York Times reports that increasingly more children and teenagers, including eight-year-olds, are reading with e-readers. On a positive note e-readers are encouraging children to read and not watch television, perhaps due to the electronic form of e-books.

Whatever the reason, HarperCollins reports that e-books sales comprise a quarter of all young adult sales in January. Yet young e-book readers are not just reading juvenile fiction but also classic works, most of which can be downloaded for free from the Internet.

With an e-reader a user can access more books than probably any library holds, but reducing shelves upon shelves of literature to a microchip causes books and reading to lose the richness, the magnificence, and the beauty of knowledge. Thoughts become something trapped on a digital screen and not a tangible entity.

Perhaps a younger generation will be acclimatized to electronic reading, but for me, I’d rather sit in the library with a pile of books by my side.

One thought on “E-Reading

  1. I sure do hope that e-readers will never become the popular way of reading in the future. I agree with you in that having the book in your hand makes the reading experience entirely different. I feel that having a printed book is a treasure. You can collect it and show it off on your shelves – something you can’t do with an e-reader.

    The relationship you have with an e-reader is less personal. The example I shall use is our textbooks, required readings and even the Bible. We can write, highlight, scribble notes, stick post-its in each of those books. Now if we go to the e-reader, I doubt you can do such a thing. Using an e-reader takes away that relationship you form with an actual book.

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