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World Book Day In a Digital Age

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The internet makes it seem that we can find out about anything within a few keystrokes and a click of link. Students accustomed to getting answers and information so quickly may know some about a lot of topics but none in depth. Will they find the rigors of really researching the full scope of a topic (including by reading books that are not readily accessible on the internet) and thinking through arguments too tedious, with rewards that are too far off the in the murky distance (even years away)?

Is there so much hoopla about celebrating books because we live in the age of their demise;  in which sustained reading of thousand-page novels and epic poems is an endangered species? Or, to strike a more positive note, does the Pew study about hyperconnectivity and cognitive functioning show us how and why we need to change our education system?

 

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9:46AM PDT on Jun 15, 2012

will always prefer REAL books

1:02PM PST on Mar 5, 2012

Nothing like the feel of a book in the hand!

12:58PM PST on Mar 5, 2012

I prefer paper books to e-books, e-books are crap as far as I'm concerned

12:02AM PST on Mar 5, 2012

I like reading online BUT nothing in the world would replace books or any printed reading materials!

9:20AM PST on Mar 4, 2012

I've tried digital devices but don't like them when I read. I have books all over the house. You can't take a digital device into the bathtub. That's the best time to read, whi8le you're soaking. Plus books have a wonderful smell to them. The whole experience is great.

6:20PM PST on Mar 3, 2012

I agree with Robert O He has a good point, int he beginning of time. We all made and read with a piece of paper. I love old fashioned stuff, i have a huge book shelf in my bed room, with thousands on history books, and romance novels. And more, i love the smell of books and the feeling of them too. Robert i agree with you all the way, i love book day! That is my kind of holiday.

11:18PM PST on Mar 2, 2012

I love books & dont enjoy the kindle.

5:29PM PST on Mar 2, 2012

April 23 is World Book Night. I just found out I'm giving out 20 brand new copies of Octavia E. Butler's novel Kindred. She was a wonderful author and it's an amazing book. I'm very excited about this!!!

1:00PM PST on Mar 2, 2012

I like many here love the feel of a book in my hand, it like holding hands with my best friend.

11:06AM PST on Mar 2, 2012

Call me "Old School" but I love real books. Over my lifetime and many travels and the gain and loss of many other possessions I have always kept my books and my photographs. I love the look of real books, the feel of them, the different sizes, papers, bindings and typeset, love the artwork in many of them. They are sort of little works of art that I appreciate greatly, and are like old friends. I like seeing a bookshelf lined with lovely books in my home. I like being able to lend them to others, and to reread them or reference passages from them. I have a life long love of real books that I will never want to give up.

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