Benefits and Drawbacks of Ebooks for Young Audiences

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The digital age of reading has been becoming an increasingly large part of our lives over the last several years. As it becomes more deeply integrated into the life of the youngest members of our culture, through both scholastic and recreational means, it becomes more important to looks at both the benefits and drawbacks of this phenomenon.

One beneficial element of digital publication is the opportunity for deeper learning. Interactive elements can take many students to a more thorough level of understanding than merely reading material. There is also a higher level of accessibility when ebooks are involved. With a tablet, a person can carry around thirty books instead of one. Finally, and I think most importantly, it begins introducing digital literacy to children at an early age. In a world dominated by technology, understanding how to use digital tools is vital, especially in education.

Perhaps the strongest drawback for ebook learning is the wide variety of distractions involved. It can be overwhelming for even adults to focus on one task while on their tablet or laptop. For children, getting through an ebook can be much more difficult than getting through a traditional books because online gaming, interaction with friends and social media is only a click away.

Overall, I think the benefits for digital literature greatly outweigh the drawbacks, and I look forward to observing it’s growth in the future.

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2 thoughts on “Benefits and Drawbacks of Ebooks for Young Audiences

  1. Allison Miehl February 17, 2015 / 4:16 am

    I think you are definitely right when you say that the benefits of digital literacy outweigh the drawbacks. Although it’s true that kids can get easily distracted when “studying” on laptops or tablets, there are also a lot of educational games that teach kids while they play. Even though playing an interactive game isn’t the same as reading, it can easily build reading skills and, like you said, it helps kids develop digital literacy at an early age, which is becoming an increasingly valuable skill.

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  2. Jasmine Ly February 18, 2015 / 4:04 am

    I agree! Digital literature is an exciting new format that will continue to grow and be wonderful. You make in interesting point in saying that digital literature helps by beginning to teach children digital literacy at a young age. My little sister is turning one tomorrow, and for her first couple of months, my stepmother swore she wouldn’t let her watch TV or play with tablets until she was at least four years old, but now she lets my sister play with a tablet to keep her busy. Though she may not be reading just yet, there’s no doubt in my mind the tablet will be the first place my stepmom goes to letting my sister start reading on her own. I see a lot of people, new mothers especially, who really reject the idea of teaching kids how to use digital tools until they’re much older. But if this is our future, if we are going to be able to carry 30 books in a dainty e-reader, if we’re going to schedule our days and talk to our friends on these devices, why are people so afraid them? I hope this fear doesn’t impede the growth of digital literature, because I really do think it’s important.

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