Technology and communications experts heralded the arrival of the iPad with predictions that it would change Americans’ mobile computing and media habits.
One of the first things that Dana Payes ’10 noticed was its embrace of children’s literature. (Every iPad comes pre-installed with a copy of A.A. Milne’s kiddie classic Winnie the Pooh.)
Payes, an English major, sees Apple’s embrace of children as a clever marketing ploy, but she also believes that no e-reader, whatever its strengths, can replace a paper book.
She wrote a short essay on the subject with the help of her advisor, Professor of English Paula Krebs. The Baltimore Sun published it in April. The pair lauded the iPad’s promise as a means for encouraging reading activities between child and parent, but they wrote:
“We can share technology with our kids. But let’s not mistake reading a book on an iPad for reading a book. Reading an electronic version of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People on a train is not the same thing as reading an iPad bedtime story with your kids.”