Jan. 11, 2013
-- If you follow the book trade, you knew this was coming. Ebooks, no matter whether you read them on an Amazon Kindle, a Samsung Galaxy note, or your iPad are selling like crazy. In fact, we love them so much that for the first time eBook sales were higher than printed books according to Amazon. In additional to eBooks, they are millions of educational Apps been downloaded in Apple or Android App stores every minute.
It is apparent that the new gadgets and technologies have changed our reading habits massively. As a parent, I realize my children won’t have the same reading experience as I had 30 years ago when I opened my favourite The Tale of Peter Rabbit. Thousands of schools across the world are taking serious steps toward making iPads an important tool in their curriculum – and at a rapid pace. It is not doubt many of these eBook and Apps have many advantages over traditional paper books. For example, I bought an iPad App (Focus on Plant) for my teenage daughter. She spent hours on it before her biology exam and told me it help her to remember the scientific terms quickly. Designed with the beautiful interactive illustrators and audible glossary, the app makes the learning touchable and fun. I begin to believe that the iPad (properly configured, without Angry Birds) is an engaging enough piece of technology that it will, in most cases, enhance the attentiveness of people.
Nobody can deny the fact that e-books and educational Apps on your mobile device are clearly the wave of the future. Expert and business in the field are very optimistic about this thrilling phenomenon. “Everyone's on mobiles and iPads, so we thought this was the right time for what has now become one of the best educational Apps provider,” said Steve from TouchApp (www.touchapp.co.uk)
, “the goal is to replace all textbook in ten years with engaging and interactive ‘anywhere anytime’ digital products.”
The world is now inescapably online and digital. As someone who loves bookstores, libraries and has a few thousand physical books of my own, I just hope that I can occasionally spark "a love of reading and renaissance"
for my print collections as well.