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ERIC Number: EJ877058
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jan-1
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0362-8930
The Future of Reading: Don't Worry. It Might Be Better than You Think
Green, John
School Library Journal, v56 n1 p24-28 Jan 2010
It is a fun parlor game to speculate about what the future of books will look like. The author wonders whether stories will be read on screens and supplemented with gaming, illustration, video, and multimedia riddles. In this essay, the author shares his vision of the future of reading and describes what he learned from writing a story based on some strange emails he received a few weeks earlier through the help of creator Alexander Basalyga, a student from Penn State who liked riddles. The novella which he calls This Is Not Tom (TINT), tells the story of a young woman who calls herself YFN (Your Faithful Narrator) and who has access to technology that allows her to experience virtual-reality interactions with the likes of David Foster Wallace and Kurt Cobain. To reach each chapter of the story, one must first solve three insanely complex riddles that involve literature, video, audio, mathematics, and quite a lot of Bible verses. Today, This Is Not Tom is almost finished. The novella has attracted a couple thousand passionately dedicated readers. The author believes that someday soon, someone will come along with a more entertaining story told behind a curtain that is easier to part, and some variant on the TINT Internet-based book will find a much broader audience. He does not think books have anything to fear from movies or television or Facebook. He sees no evidence that reading itself is in mortal danger but how people read will change or continue to change. In this essay, the author shares some great advice (which he got from his brother Hank). He states that participating in technological innovation allows one to "shape" the change innovation makes. He encourages readers to take part in change, so that they can help "shape" the future. (Contains 15 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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