What is the difference between reading – #fanfun

July 14, 2016 Fan Fun 2

What is the difference between reading in print from digital – #fanfun

When you look at the history of reading, the digital ebook/ereader formats are not the first change in reading. It was fascinating to see that around 10th century A.D. Before then people had read for thousands of years but the change was people started reading SILENTLY. That was a novel thing. Before that people read aloud. Now books and stories became a personal experience.

In education it’s called metathinking. Reading books silently allowed a person to think about thinking. To contemplate what was being read and analyze and evaluate and decide how they felt about the story.

It’s funny to think of now but way back when, Socrates thought writing would weaken the human mind. I think that’s the same thing we’re going through now. People think that ebooks will somehow diminish the act of reading when there are many wonderful things about ebooks (like never running out of books to read).

What do you think about reading in print or digital (ebook) format?

How has it changed the way you read?

2 Responses to “What is the difference between reading – #fanfun”

  1. alident@me.com'

    Ali Dent

    I love this post. Back when I lead classical literature clubs for kids and their parents we had kids who hated to read join because their parents said so. I quickly found that if I gave the child and the parent permission to read any version of the classic of the month that every one was happier. The best part was that those kids, who thought they hated reading, discovered they loved stories and that in my opinion is the definition of reading, not the method to which we take in the story.

  2. timothy.hendricks@ttu.edu'

    Timothy Hendricks

    I have always been a voracious reader. In the early 60s when I was in second or third grade the teacher gave me a book called, “What Next?” to read because she was running out of books to give me to read and I had read almost everything available for my grade level. And I still read quite a bit; but with ebooks I am able to read so much more and a larger variety of books. I don’t know where I would put all the books if I bought them in the form of paperback or hardback. Also ebooks allow me more of an opportunity to go back and reread excerpts of books that I have previously read.

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