"...access to the written word equals access to opportunity. If there is still an American dream, reading is one of the bootstraps by which we can all pull ourselves up."You all know I have embraced the idea of iPhone Picture Book Apps, but I want to be very clear that I NEVER want us to do away with printed books. There is a very important role for physical books that electronic media will never be able to replace. Ever. Whether that be a book-mobile in the Appalachians or a Camel Book Drive in Kenya. Some places just aren't appropriate for eBooks.
"On one hand, here is a device that can put a limitless supply of books at your fingertips. On the other hand, here is a device that is so expensive that only a select few can afford it. It seems to me that with digitized books, we are taking a giant leap into the past, when access to literature was available only to those of means."
So while we embrace this technology, I sincerely hope we don't do it at the expense of our roots.
My comment at the Huffington Post:
As a children’s book author/illustrator and creator of an iPhone picture book app (Lula’s Brew) I have found myself, unexpectedly, in the middle of those who embrace eBooks and the nay-sayers. eBooks are great on the fly, especially for children, but they are not ideal in all situations. Therefore, I do not believe eBooks will usurp physical books. Much as you sometimes prefer a movie in a real theater vs. your home, an eBook is simply another option - albeit a pricey one. I am excited by the possibilities the electronic format presents as a creator. However, I hope we never lose our roots - the printed book. For there is still a need despite the disturbing idea of a University library getting rid of books to make room for computers and coffee. Reading must start somewhere and to my mind, a love for reading starts with physical books - opportunities open from there.
The good news is people ARE reading. The National Endowment for the Arts recently reported that Reading is on the Rise for the first time since they started tracking the statistics. Why? Because with emails, texting, and social networking, we are becoming a reading society. We’re just reading in different ways.
I’m excited about these new ways to share my stories - and to enjoy them. Although, I regret the polarization eBooks are creating as I believe keeping ALL reading options vibrant and available to ALL people will have the most positive impact on our society.
Read the Article at HuffingtonPost