Sunday, July 27, 2008

Internet "Reading"

The New York Times examines the value of "reading" online versus reading traditional books. A few interesting tidbits from the article:
"[L]iteracy experts say that online reading skills will help children fare better when they begin looking for digital-age jobs."

"Nadia said she wanted to major in English at college and someday hopes to be published. She does not see a problem with reading few books. 'No one’s ever said you should read more books to get into college,' she said."

"The simplest argument for why children should read in their leisure time is that it makes them better readers. According to federal statistics, students who say they read for fun once a day score significantly higher on reading tests than those who say they never do."

“What we are losing in this country and presumably around the world is the sustained, focused, linear attention developed by reading."

1 comment:

Silverheron said...

I am a true believer in paper books. I almost always print out any thing of size from the web so that I can enjoy it in a more relaxed fashion. I sometimes like to make notes in margins and highlight specific quotes. I also like the way books feel. I like it when they use raised letters on the cover. Textures are awesome when you have that along with a story. But, I think my favorite thing is when you have a really old book that you must lay down very carefully and turn each page gingerly so that you don't tear it. You only pull these books out for special. OK as you can see I love my paper books. Have a great day.