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.