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ERIC Number: EJ954320
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Nov
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1082-5754
Reading Redefined for a Transmedia Universe
Lamb, Annette
Learning & Leading with Technology, v39 n3 p12-17 Nov 2011
Once upon a time, reading was as simple and straightforward as decoding words on a page. No more. Digital age technologies have made such an impact on the way people interact with content that the old definitions of "reading" and "books" no longer apply. Times, as they say, are changing. The digital age is transforming nearly every aspect of one's culture, from business to education to social life. Reading and books are no exception. Mobile devices, multimedia publishing, and social technologies are having a major impact on the reading experience both inside and outside the classroom. Instead of carrying backpacks full of 40-pound textbooks from class to class and trading paperbacks with their friends, today's young people are downloading and exchanging digital novels and textbooks on their smartphones, e-book readers, and tablets. Besides taking a load off students' backs, this development has turned on its head the very idea of what it means to read a book. It's taken 20 years for PK-12 interactive books to make a comeback. But this resurgence has brought with it an explosion of reading choices. In this article, the author explores five electronic reading environments: (1) e-books; (2) interactive storybooks; (3) reference databases; (4) hypertext and interactive fiction; and (5) transmedia storytelling. (Contains 43 online resources.)
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Language: English
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