aprilhenry (aprilhenry) wrote,

When is a book not a book

Maybe when it’s a “kidthing”? Publishers Weekly says of this new venture, “The kidthing program is a digital media player, like iTunes, with a bunch of extra features. After downloading the free player from kidthing.com, users can purchase content—like Dr. Seuss’s Horton Hears a Who ($7.99) and Jerry Pallotta’s Icky Bug Alphabet Book ($4.99)—from the kidthing store. (Parents are able to set the program access so that their kids can’t make purchases.) Other products, such as games and videos, are also available through kidthing. The digital books come equipped with format-specific extra features, such as character animation, narrations by professional actors and other ways of interacting with the text and illustrations. Kidthing also designs games to accompany the books—like a digital Horton coloring book—using its own technology.”

I don’t know. I still would rather see my kid reading a book rather than finding “other ways to interact with the text and illustrations.” Despite the use of the word “interact” it feels like most of those things would be fairly passive.

Read more here.

Am I just old fashioned?

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