This site’s main question: how are e-books evolving as a medium for kids?
E-books are a new medium. An exciting medium. A medium with a lot of potential and a lot of resistance. As we move into the future, one thing is for sure. E-books are not going away. But how readily will they be embraced by schools, libraries, parents and students?
There's no doubt that kids are wholeheartedly on board with the e-book trend. They love to point, scroll, swipe, listen and watch their books. It's way more engaging than just turning those silent paper pages. But for those who are in the position to buy, maintain, distribute, update, and share e-books, there is a host of questions. It is this site's mission to bring those questions to light and present the spectrum of answers that are out there today.
Some questions inlude:
LENDING AND BUYING. How can a classroom, a family, or a school district borrow e-books? How can libraries best position themselves as disseminators of e-media? How can you purchase them for a whole classroom or a whole school? What are teh restrictions imposed by publishers and distributors? What are the publishers doing to shape the process? What are the technology companies doing to change the hardware and software options and manipulate the distribution processes?
CONTENT SELECTION. Sure there are a million e-books out there. Anyone can put almost anything up on Amazon or the Apple App store. The barrier to entry for producing contents have never been lower. Not surprisingly, the quality of e-books has never been lower. So where can you even find e-book textbooks that are appropriate for kids? How can an educator know that the e-books out there are actually accurate and educational?
CONTENT REVIEWS: Who's making the good e-books today? What makes them good? Is it enough just to take a great children's novel and port it over to Kindle format or do e-books need interactivity and multimedia to make the grade?
HARDWARE ISSUES. On the hardware side of the story, which e-book devices are the best for kids? Are any e-book devices tough enough to last through the rough handling of kids? What about tablets--they can do almost anything, is that the most efficient way to deliver e-books? Which hardware devices work with which e-readers and which e-books can be viewed on the e-readers?
So there are many questions to answer and that's the goal of this site.