I am trying to do Julie Hedlund’s 12×12 Challenge. It is a challenge to write 12 picture book drafts in 12 months in 2012. You can click on the 12×12 banner on the right side bar or the one above to learn more about it. I have been working on a PB about a bird and a worm who are friends and I have been making it my goal to try to make it rhyme well. I wrote the story in August and have been working on the rhyming. I got farther than last time, but still didn’t get at least the revised draft done (the rhyming part is very hard and I keep re-writing it). This month, I will try my hardest to finish the draft. It will be a challenge for me because a) I am not the quickest writer and b) we are going to New Mexico this week (Saturday) and are going to be gone for a week (my first plane ride! YAY!), but I’ll tell you more about that this Friday
Next news – I wanted to share with everyone the article I wrote for the Upper Bucks Free Press. I compared paper books and ebooks in the article. I hope you like it and tell me what you think!
Book Versus eBook – Pros and Cons
I love reading. I read anything and everything. I sometimes even get in trouble at school for reading when I shouldn’t be. That’s why I get a little upset when I read articles that say paper books will soon be a thing of the past because of ebooks. With a lot more people turning to ereaders, or thinking about getting an ereader, I thought it would be good to point out the good and bad points of both. I have a regular Kindle (it doesn’t show in color), but I’ve used other ereaders like iPads, Nooks and Kindle Fires and I have been impressed by all of them. But, what about an ebook vs a “regular” paper book?
I think that even though the pages of an ebook look a lot like reading from paper, it just isn’t quite the same. Although many screens on ereaders are made to use in sunlight, I find that the bright sun makes it more difficult to read an ebook compared to a regular book. I like holding a paper book more. I like to feel the pages and smell the paper. I have a bookshelf in my room with all my favorite books on it and I love to look at the shelf and the books on it. I have a collection of signed books that are very special to me and I wouldn’t have that with ebooks. I love going to a bookstore or a library and just looking through the books, trying to find the one I want to bring home and read. Browsing in a virtual bookstores (like Amazon.com) is just not the same.
Ebooks are a lot less money than regular books (after you buy the ereader, which is expensive). There are a lot of classics you can even get for free or about a dollar. The book in the picture in this article, Rick Riordan’s “Throne of Fire” costs $23.99 in hard cover and $7.99 for the Kindle version on Amazon.com. I can get a new release as an ebook the minute it comes out because I can just download it. No more waiting to get to a bookstore or for the library to have it in when there’s a book I want to read right away!
Many ebooks have interactive features in them that can make it seem more like playing a video game rather than reading. I think that is a good feature for kids who may be reluctant readers. I also like that ereaders have built-in dictionaries so if there is a word I don’t know I can just click on it and the definition comes up. There are usually links imbedded in ebooks too so if your ereader is connected to the internet you can follow the links to get more information about the author or to access other features included in the ebook.
I have about 90 books on my Kindle right now and it weighs less than a pound. I can take my ereader in the car, on a plane, on a train, pretty much anywhere and I take ALL of my books with me. On the other hand, I don’t have to worry about dropping a paperback and having the screen crack or sand ruining it at the beach. Both types of books don’t do well in water.
Real books will always be my favorite, but ebooks are definitely a good alternative. I think more and more kids and adults will want to read ebooks because of the price and the extra features you get with them. I personally think ebooks have a lot to offer and can be a lot of fun, but then again, I never have to worry about the batteries running out on my paper copy of “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,” by Mark Twain.