Sunday, November 20, 2011

Do Print Books Have Value That E-books Do Not?

Matt Richtel and Julie Bosman reporting for the NY Times – For Their Children, Many E-Book Fans Insist on Paper:

Print books may be under siege from the rise of e-books, but they have a tenacious hold on a particular group: children and toddlers. Their parents are insisting this next generation of readers spend their early years with old-fashioned books.

This is the case even with parents who themselves are die-hard downloaders of books onto Kindles, iPads, laptops and phones. They freely acknowledge their digital double standard, saying they want their children to be surrounded by print books, to experience turning physical pages as they learn about shapes, colors and animals.

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