Literally since I was a little girl and saw Beauty and the Beast, I wanted to have a library just like that in my house. My mom would laugh and tell me that one day I could have what ever I wanted. I idolized Belle and I loved that she loved books like I did, it made me feel like I can relate to someone who liked books since I was the only kid that did.
I can completely relate to the author blog, “The End of Books? (For Me, at Least?)”. The author opens up with commenting on their previous reading life and how he/she was an avid reader. I always was and always will be an avid reader. My bedroom is my own Beauty and the Beast library in the making and I hope to continue to add to my growing library. However, the age that we are in is huge with technology. We can now receive books digitally! I can read a novel over a computer screen or on my newly purchased Kindle or on my mom’s Ipad. Technology is making books and/or texts easy to get to which is a huge plus in the literary world.
Although there is a lot of good coming out of this new age, it is shocking to me at the same time. Although I feel the same way as the narrator that reading on my Kindle is “not much different from reading on paper”, it is just not the same as a book! I am a heavy annotator; I love to mark up my books. If you go through my books at home, you will notice that most of them are marked up and written all over. I cannot help it. I just want to be able to point out things that caught my eye so I can always find it. On a Kindle, it is just not the same; I cannot see my annotations right in front of me.
However, this blog taught me something new! When this author tweeted out their concerns about this new digital age of novels/texts, he/she found out that their “iPad Kindle app syncs up all of [their] highlights and notes to my Amazon account” (52). I had no idea! I have an Amazon account and I am so excited to hear this. It makes all of my annotations so much easier to get to. In the words of this author, this is a “Game changer”. If I had every single annotation I have ever made in my life on this one screen, maybe finding things would have been a lot easier. This will definitely change the way people learn from now on. I will continue to love my paperback books, but I guess I will give my Kindle a second chance
This blog is based from Will Richardson’s book, “Learning on the Blog”. You may find this blog on this link.