Which Kind Of Children Books Is Better For Children, Children eBooks Or Not?

How effective it’s to give children the first impression of books through electronic devices such as iPad?  It’s the question I’m curious about!  In my opinion, exposing children to children literature early is a very good thing.  I think if children is familiar with books early, they might become literate early.  Perhaps, by becoming literate early they might attune to education better as they grow up.  By the way, contents do matter, so don’t just pick any children book.  I think children should read books that are meaningful — messages within have to be emphasizing on good morals.  Anyhow, exposing children to books at early age is quite important if one takes the same perspective as I have had.  The question is, can electronic devices such as iPad be effective in exposing children to books (i.e., eBooks)?

Perhaps, electronic devices such as iPad might be too distractive, therefore it might not be effective enough in exposing children to books?   The fear is that children might go for pretty graphics, therefore video games on tablet devices might be something they might want to play with instead of learning how to read.  The exception would be video games for children that encourage reading, because such video games might teach children how to read after all.

Anyhow, my opinion is that we should introduce real books to children at early age, and then as they grow up they can explore more books through electronic devices such as iPad (i.e., eBooks).  The idea here is to get rid of distraction, but stimulating enough so the children won’t shy away from reading at early ages.  Perhaps, parents should show high levels of excitement in children books in order for the children to show some enthusiasms in reading children books.  I’m not sure, but colorful children books might not be a bad idea as long the messages within are meaningful.  Boring meaningful messages might not be stimulating enough, therefore children books might need to be somewhat exotic to expand children imagination, in a good way of course (i.e., turning boring but positive messages into exciting messages).

In the end, I do not know the effectiveness of exposing children eBooks to children at the early age, because I’ve yet learned or read of a study which tackles this subject.  I do know though, the time before eBooks, children had always been exposed to regular children books (i.e., not children eBooks).  The question I’ve been curious of is which children book form is better in term of enticing children to read early, children eBooks or children regular books (i.e., made from papers)?  My intuition tells me that children should be exposed to regular children books first before they old enough to read eBooks.  What do you think?

When Electricity Isn’t So Accessible, Literature Thrives On With Books Made Of Papers

Reading the title of an article’s “Ebooks don’t spell the end of literature,” a lightbulb lighted up in my head — a new title of a new article came to life “When Electricity Isn’t So Accessible, Literature Thrives On With Books Made Of Papers.”  OK, it does sound like I’m a hater of ebooks and ereaders, but I’m not.  I actually own an iPad 2, Kindle, and an iPhone 4 — each of these devices can allow me to read ebooks.  Unfortunately, only Kindle can allow me to read ebooks more frequently and without worrying of the situation where battery goes dead.  It’s all because Kindle uses E-ink technology which can conserve battery power better than the full colored back lid screens of iPad 2 and iPhone 4.

With that many ebook enabled devices, I think I’ve established myself as a person who does have the ability to read ebooks whenever he wants, and often I find myself adding more ebooks into my already large collection of ebooks through the means of buying ebooks from Amazon and borrowing ebooks from local libraries’ digital collections.  The point that I’m trying to make is that electronic devices such as ereaders can become useless when electricity becomes inaccessible.  It’s a simple point, but it’s often overlooked by onlookers who do not know the tormented feeling of the ones who have to face such condition.  Sure, it’s not like a life threatening situation, but it’s the truth.  Just like how Marta Hillers had described electronic devices as useless and people became cave dwellers in her book “A Woman in Berlin.”  It was her recognition of when electricity became scarce, electronic devices could be only empty shells of anything but useful.

OK, it does sound as if my argument is rather weak, because it sounds as if we need to have a World War II again and to have people experience the lack of electricity as how Marta Hillers had so we can realize the merit of not totally relying on ereaders; I disagree!  How do we know electricity will always be abundant?  I don’t think even the future that we’re imagining of when there will be free electricity in abundant amount (i.e., always available) through the usages of futuristic solar and wind technologies — guaranteeing there won’t be a day that people might become cave dwellers again — can last forever.  Who can guarantee that there will never be a breakdown in society to a point that humans become cave dwellers?

Whenever I read something that put ereaders and ebooks above traditional books (i.e., books made from trees), I have to say let not be so optimistic about such aspect.  I rather encourage people to believe in having both for a long time to come as a better approach to ensure books don’t go the way of book burnings in ancient times.  And yet, books should go the way of the dead sea scrolls.  Having both you ask?  Sure, having both means let print more traditional books and release more ebooks (in effect sell more ereaders), and to larger effect let people have more choices of choosing their reading medium.  What not to do is to promote ebooks and ereaders only society and abandon the traditional book society (i.e., books made from trees).

Lastly, I like to think that censoring ebooks (i.e., digital forms) is way easier than traditional books (i.e., books made from trees).  How?  It takes few entities and few keystrokes on keyboards to eliminate huge databases of ebooks and the data themselves.  What cool about books made from trees is that you have to burn them physically which speaks more to why it’s bad to burn books.  You can say the Hollywood effect of having real books on fire might connect to scholars more than not, in negative way of course.

Afterthought:  I do like ebooks as more trees can be saved by not printing books made of papers, but we humans can always print books made of papers ethically.  That is, we do not really have to destroy a whole forest for printing traditional books (i.e., books made from trees), because we do have a choice of printing less of the same books in term of copies; we know that a single ebook can be easily download and copy in digital forms without worrying about destroying a forest.

Using Adobe Digital Editions To Read eBooks From Local Libraries On PCs and Macs

By accident, in a venture of trying to work out how to borrow Kindle ebooks from my local library for my Kindle, I got to know of Adobe Digital Editions.  Apparently, Adobe Digital Editions is widely used by local libraries to allow people to read ebooks on compatible devices such as PCs and Macs.  Now, I’m testing out Adobe Digital Editions to read ebooks that I’m borrowing from a local library on Macbook Pro.

You can visit this Overdrive’s link and then scroll down till you see a section says eBook Software, click on Download Adobe Digital Editions link to download Adobe Digital Editions, and the last step is to install it onto your computer so you can begin to use it to read ebooks that you’re borrowing from your local libraries.  Enjoy!

More Of Why Ebooks Are Great But Not So Great

I had written about how ebooks are great but not so great kind of story before, and the message of the day for this day is something of the same.  Amazon and Barnes & Noble and Apple are successfully converting their users to ebook market.  Great, Britain’s largest bookseller, Waterstone, is too throwing their hat into the ring, because the folks from this bookseller intend to produce even better e-reader than Amazon Kindle to scoop up ebook marketshare.  So many users and companies are converting to ebooks, which is great but not so great if we all eventually have only ebooks.

Ebooks are of digital form, and such cannot outlast the physical form, because data tend to corrupt or easily be tampered with and then become corrupting.  When digital form goes poof, all we have left will be nothing.  Yes, these huge booksellers are going to use the cloud technology (i.e., data redundancy implementation) to ensure their ebooks aren’t disappearing off of their clouds.  Nonetheless, the truth is that digital form will always be more volatile and flimsy and less durable than physical form.  How can we be sure truly that most ebooks will last forever (albeit, even the truth cannot last forever)?

I think humans should have more than one library solely to retain physical form of all ebooks and physical books that had ever and will be published/printed.  This ensures us that somedays, even for the strangest reasons, there will always be physical books to let wonderful papers turn those curious eyes.  Perhaps, physical books will not be able to withstand fire and disasters and wars, but I do think that data redundancy is so important in a way that retaining physical form of the ebooks is another form of data redundant measurement (i.e., speaking of making sure books will last much longer than otherwise).

I know this is blah blah blah post, but I think it has a message that we all should heed, because the lost of ebooks in a poof is sort of like book burning in the pasts.

Amazon Fights Back Apple, Releasing Kindle Cloud Reader

Instead of tying Kindle to a platform, Amazon has released Kindle Cloud Reader where users can purchase ebooks regardless if they’re on iPhones or iPads or Androids or others devices/gadgets.  Why on earth Kindle Cloud Reader is necessary when users can just hop over to Amazon and buy Kindle ebooks?  Well, Kindle Cloud Reader recreates the Kindle app feeling that users have experienced within iPhones and iPads.  This way, users won’t feel disconnected with the app when they purchase Kindle ebooks.

This is how Amazon fights back Apple, because Apple had disallowed companies as Amazon to provide links that linked to web stores within their apps in Apple App Store.  Amazon leads the way by showing how it can be done to outsmart Apple as it utilizes HTML5 to recreate the Kindle app experience, but users have to experience the Kindle app feeling by using their favorite browsers.  As for now, Kindle Cloud Reader will work with Chrome and Safari browsers, but Amazon promises to make Kindle Cloud Reader available for more browsers soon.

When a user heads over to read.amazon.com, he/she can log in to their accounts and initiate the installation of Kindle Cloud Reader extension for their specific browsers.  When done, they can enjoy the Kindle experience within their browsers.  Check out the screenshots of Kindle Cloud Reader in action right after the break!

Source:  http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/237678/amazon_
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