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.