In the course of discussion, I asked them if they knew about e-readers. Now, they were a pretty tech-savvy bunch. I say this because they all had phones much nicer than mine. How do I know? Because they each pulled their phone out at least a dozen times during class. So I was rather surprised that none of them had really heard of e-readers, other than the having seen something about the iPad recently. When I asked if they wanted an e-reader, all three said no. When I asked why, they all said the same thing: they liked books. They liked to browse them, liked to look at the covers, and liked to hold them. They wanted to turn pages, wanted to shove it in a bag or read it in a bathtub, wanted to skim through it when making reading choices.
Can I tell you how happy this made me? It was so nice to hear this group (granted, a very small group) of teens talk about books that way. I like technology and I'll get an e-reader someday. But I like books. Before, I was scared that the generation behind me wasn't going to want to keep them. And now I feel a little reassured that there will always be a future for paper-based books.
I'm curious if this is a common feeling among the computer generation. Have you talked to kids or teens about books and e-readers?