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Sad (and not in the boo hoo sense), you might say but I don’t think people, especially children, read enough now. My mum is a teacher in a primary school and she said since I was at school the reading ages of children has significantly dropped, with some having never set foot in a book shop.
When the iPhone ebook app came out I was horrified. Why don’t people just buy a paperback? Don’t people love the “Waterstones experience”? After wondering how you could sit on a beach on holiday holding an iPhone “flicking” through pages of the latest novel, I decided maybe it wasn’t such a bad idea. If it gets people reading, albeit on an electrical item, surely that is a good thing. As a BlackBerry user (far more sensible than iPhone users, he he) I have no such app, however, I have seen it on friends’ iPhones and I can’t say I really “get it”, but I do understand its uses. If you are constantly travelling by train for example, or just waiting to meet someone, reading your ebook is a lot less hassle than making sure you are constantly carrying the real thing.
As long as book shops don’t become obsolete because of apps like this, I think the good old fashioned hardback reader can live happily alongside the modern electronic reader.