From Digital Book World:
During the “I’m a Librarian – Ask Me Anything” panel at today’s Launch Kids conference at Digital Book World 2016, librarians and literacy advocates discussed kids’ preference for physical books, and the role of ebooks as supplementary reading material.
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All panelists agreed that kids show a preference for physical books, with Rasmussen adding that kids love having the ability to touch them. “We are tactile creatures. We will judge books by their covers and that’s okay,” she said. “We do many creative things with books we can’t with digital, like building a poetry out of book spines.”
That being said, Jacobs noted that ebooks are a great supplement. “Though kids prefer physical books, book apps engage kids at a younger age. They’re an extension of characters and story,” she explained. “And now that devices are allowed in New York City schools, book content is becoming more accessible to students.”
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To conclude the discussion, the panel concurred that, regardless of future technological advancements in content, good books will always stand the test of time.
Link to the rest at Digital Book World