The meaning of literacy and what it means to be literate has changed in the last two decades. Technology has transformed the way we access reading materials, inform ourselves, and enjoy a good “who done it” book. What’s more, digital books are on the technology fast track and are grabbing a lot of attention lately as many companies and public libraries are offering different digital forms to choose from. The wide variety of devices and file formats can be confusing, and not all devices will allow you to read all file formats, making e-book choices challenging. While this is hard to understand sometimes, it’s typical of technology moving forward at a rapid pace.
As you are planning your summer reading list and thinking of ways to encourage your children to read as much as possible, consider that you can read digital books almost anywhere: on your home computer, laptop, on a dedicated e-Reader like an Amazon’s Kindle, Barnes and Noble’s Nook, Apple’s iPad, or the Sony Reader, and even on handheld devices like an iPhones, Blackberrys or Androids. With a little planning, you can easily take e-books with you as you travel while at the same time finding new and innovative ways to engage your children with reading.
If you have questions, it’s best to ask and your local librarian at the Hedberg Public Library; they would be happy to help. Additional information is also available from our Nation’s Library of Congress website at: http://www.loc.gov/rr/program/bib/ebooks/devicesformats.html#ereaders