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The Lost Art of Reading

Posted by: Katie Minnick

Growing up, I loved to read. I devoured books of all subjects, genres and authors. As I got older, technology became more prevalent and developed. Xanga, Facebook, Twitter evolved, and took over most of the time I previously devoted to reading. While I still enjoy reading, I have to make myself sit down and do it for leisure.

My two younger siblings hate reading. They dread the act, and are forced to do it by my parents. Seeing this, and other kids like them, saddens me. Reading is such a great way to relax and let your imagination run wild. Unfortunately, many now consider it “nerdy” and worthless.  Continue reading

Are real books coming to an end?

Posted by Becca Mataloni

With talk of print dying, are books the next victim of technology?

New products like the Kindle and iPad make many believe that physical books are on the way out.

Nicholas Negroponte, founder of One Laptop per Child, gives it 5 years before books are only sold online.  He compared it to the role of cell phones.  Landlines are slowly becoming nonexistent as cell phones take over the world.  He expects e-books to do the same.

If you are anything like me, you may not understand the purpose of an e-book. Sure, you can have all the books you love at the touch of a button, which is very convenient, but don’t you love the smell and feel of a new book?

I guess I might be a nerd in that sense, but there is something about owning my own book that makes me feel special, rather than downloading a book that thousands of others can also have.

While some may find an e-book convenient, I find it a hassle. Who wants to spend time reading a book on a little screen, scrolling through pages every few seconds? Wouldn’t it ruin the suspense of a book having to wait for a page to load, instead of quick flipping over the page of a real book?

I suppose many would call me “old-school”, but I don’t understand the necessity of an e-book. Then again, I’ve never been one open to change.

Would you rather read from an e-book or a physical book? Do you think the e-book has many advantages over a printed book?

Hearst Introduces E-book Reader

 

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I had the pleasure of visiting Hearst Corporation in New York City over fall break.  The Hearst representative I met with immediately asked me if I had a Kindle, as he had just left a meeting where they had been discussing the development of an interactive tablet for their company.  Today it was released that their Skiff E-reader device is planned on being released in early 2010.  “We are going to create an entity by publishers, for publishers,” says Kenneth A. Bronfin, Hearst’s media president.  The induction of the E-reader will surge readership and profits, as unlike the Kindle and other competitors, it will offer advertising.  The service provided by Skiff will also allow Hearst publications to be accessed and downloaded in an online store format similar to Kindle’s.  Amazon’s interactive reader has been criticized for not being convenient or a great experience for its consumers.  Therefore, Hearst’s promising new E-reader service is sure to give Kindle a run for its money. Continue reading

Mobile Web Services Exploded Over the Past Year

Mobile ad firm AdMob recently released a study that illustrated the massive growth in web-capable smart phone ownership over the past year. A year ago, the Motorola Razr was the top phone in the U.S., and the iPhone was the only unit in the top ten with touchscreen capabilities. Only a year later, half the phones on the list have touchscreens, six have wi-fi capabilities, and six have app stores.

As mobile web browsers increase in popularity, the magazine and newspaper industries have no choice but to play catch-up. Many magazines now have a digital editions that you can flip through on your phone, and prominently feature downloadable apps as well, like this Better Homes and Gardens app for the Blackberry. E-readers like Kindle are also increasing as popularity. Smart phones have already become part of the fabric of journalism.

Print journalism is still trying to find a way to catch up with the traditional internet; how can it cope with yet another sea change in the way people access content? Just how important is it to own a smart phone if you’re working in the journalism industry?