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Beyond Texts and Tweets, Young People Still Love to Read Books

By NPR Staff In what may come as a pleasant surprise to people who fear the Facebook generation has given up on reading — or, at least, reading anything longer than 140 characters — a new report from the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project reveals the prominent role of books, libraries and … Continue reading Beyond Texts and Tweets, Young People Still Love to Read Books →

Why College Students Still Prefer Print Over E-Books

Flickr: wohnai By Katrina Schwartz College students may seem to be well-equipped to learn in a wired world, but despite the enormous growth of tablets, e-readers and digital textbooks, they still prefer heavy, expensive print books. These were the results of a pilot program created to understand why students have been slow to adopt digital … Continue reading Why College Students Still Prefer Print Over E-Books →

Can E-Readers Ease Reading for Dyslexics?

Flickr: libookperson The causes of dyslexia—the disorder that makes reading excruciatingly difficult for about one in twenty school-aged children—have remained frustratingly elusive, as has anything resembling a cure. Training programs for dyslexics have proven effective at improving certain parts of the reading process, such as phonological awareness and auditory perception. Once these skills have been … Continue reading Can E-Readers Ease Reading for Dyslexics? →

For Young Readers, Print or Digital Books?

Thinkstock Print or digital? Adults grapple with which is the best way to read — not only for themselves, but especially when it comes to their kids. Whether or not parents prefer print books over interactive e-books for their kids, the question is, what’s actually better for them? Depends on what you’re trying to achieve. … Continue reading For Young Readers, Print or Digital Books? →

Which Device Will Win the Tablet Battle?

By Frank Catalano The future of tablets in our schools may not be coming from Cupertino. Or even the U.S. Despite the craze around Apple’s iPad, it’s only been two years since the device was introduced, and that may not be enough time to separate fad from trend over the long term in education. And … Continue reading Which Device Will Win the Tablet Battle? →

Changing Policies On Digital Books Wreak Havoc on Libraries

By Jenny Shank Public libraries are a major hub for Americans to gain access to e-books and other digital resources. But the nation’s recent economic troubles and the transition to digital books are creating major difficulties for these public institutions. Last month, the American Library Association released its annual State of America’s Libraries Report, and … Continue reading Changing Policies On Digital Books Wreak Havoc on Libraries →

Ernest Hemingway Meets “This American Life”: the New English Lit Class

By Stephen Chupaska What will e-readers do to the time-honored tradition of scribbling notes in the margins and underlining passages in print books? Remains to be seen how quickly college students will adopt e-books on a mass scale. Thorny issues over who can use the books when students rent digital versions, how the growing movement … Continue reading Ernest Hemingway Meets “This American Life”: the New English Lit Class →

With Media, Parents and Kids Learn More Together

Most of what we read about kids and screen time revolves around whether or not it’s good for them. But one aspect of media use with kids that’s worth examining closer is how co-viewing affects their experience. Whether kids are watching TV, creating digital media, reading, searching, or playing video games with parents, siblings or … Continue reading With Media, Parents and Kids Learn More Together →

Did Apple Just Reinvent the Textbook?

There’s been speculation for months now — at least since the release of the Steve Jobs biography — about Apple’s plans to take on the textbook publishing industry. And today at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, we finally got a glimpse of what the company has been planning since long before the death of … Continue reading Did Apple Just Reinvent the Textbook? →

The Trouble with Gifting an E-Book

Flickr: Muffet By Jenny Shank Is it possible to personalize the gift of an e-book? I asked Arsen Kashkashian, head buyer at the Boulder Book Store, if he had any ideas, and he was as stumped as I am. “I’m not sure what the best way to personalize an e-book would be,” he said. His … Continue reading The Trouble with Gifting an E-Book →

E-Readers Help Spread Literacy, No Apps Needed

Worldreader We often talk about the power of the Internet to spread knowledge and information globally, to make digital content accessible and affordable. But as we’re also often caught up in the “latest and greatest” gadgetry, sometimes we overlook that broad promise of global education and accessibility. Such is the case, one might argue, with … Continue reading E-Readers Help Spread Literacy, No Apps Needed →

Can Digital Comic Books Spark a Love of Reading?

It has been a bitter pill for me to swallow as a parent and as a bibliophile: my son does not love to read. Sure, I read to him daily when he was a toddler, and even once he learned to read to himself, we still spent many evenings reading books aloud as a family. … Continue reading Can Digital Comic Books Spark a Love of Reading? →

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