Follow this link and you'll find a very interesting post about the future of e-books.
While most of us who've been in the industry for a time have found cause for celebration in the recent "interest" of hand-held devices and downloadable reads, this prediction of what looms is distressing. Of course it's only the natural progression of technology...the need for greed to make more money by creating newer, more intriguing applications to add to the newer gadgets.
As I responded to the poster who shared the link on one of my loops, I see the addition of "apps" to e-readers as an attempt to lure youngsters to read more, but will they? When I'm engaged in a book, I don't want to stop and throw pies at the queen or take a spin on Harry Potter's broom. Reading then becomes a game and steals away the opportunity to fantasize. Are we doing our children a disservice by allowing everything to become "electronic?"
A recent study has shown that children who spend countless hours playing video games display a loss of concentration in the classroom. While we may think we are letting them improve their hand-eye coordination, what are we doing to them, really?
I think this post about applications added to books is interesting and a good conduit for discussion. How do you feel about adding apps to your work? I say No!
What next...Instant messages to disturb us when we've finally left the computer or television to lose ourselves in a book? I think technology is awesome, but I also think we're getting carried away. Here's an example of Alice in Wonderland for the IPad: