How to you keep your children supplied with books?
In our household it’s a steady round-robin of the local public library, the teacher’s book collection, the school library, and excursions to the bookstore. And of course my well-used account on Amazon.com, and increasingly BarnesAndNoble.com. Occasionally, I will borrow books, but more often I give them away – back to the school or library, or handed off to Book Angels or unsuspecting relatives.
My husband has complained for years (predating the children) about the boxes of books I hauled around from house-to-house-to-apartment-to-house. His reading consists of Make magazine and Blackberry Hacks, so he just doesn’t get my need to hold on to the tattered copy of I, Robot from my youth.
The future is here and its name is nook.
E-readers went mainstream in 2007 with Amazon’s launch of Kindle and now the Kindle 2. Now everyone and his book-selling brother is getting into the e-reader business, and many, many authors are launching their e-books along with those old-fashioned paper types.
Meanwhile the kids, by which I mean the tall ones called teens, are leading the pack with e-reader apps on their iPhones, downloading the latest YA book to share with their friends. Let us pretend the piracy of e-books doesn’t exist, because that’s just wrong.
Now nook has arrived on the scene, just in time for Christmas. It’s pretty. It’s real. You can go to Barnes and Noble and touch it, heft its tiny weight and marvel at the idea of having your entire library in the palm of your hand. It’s being marketed like the new Paris Hilton, and it just might change the way we read. I think teens and adults will lead the charge, but will children’s books be far behind? Picture books will always be around, with their glossy pages and gorgeous illustrations, but how long will it be before the kids want their own nook? They’ll curl up at night with their small screens, their own library of e-books just a finger-touch away.
I’m thinking a year or two, 2014 at the outside.
But my husband will be pleased when I get rid of all those paper books (not yet, dear, not yet).
How about you? Would you buy an e-reader for yourself, or for Christmas?