Are books really a problem we have to solve?


In today's world of online skimming and scanning, it's easy to worry that we're not reading as much as we used to. That we're losing a generation of young readers. Or that certain kinds of screen-based reading aren't as deep or enriching as they could be.

The book has an enormous gift to give us cognitively.- Maryanne Wolf

Going beyond the specific example of Booktrack, is enhancing books really a problem that needs to be fixed? Maryanne Wolf says she isn't against enhancements, but she does she believe that at the formation stage, children should experience their own imagination and learn not to be bored without stimuli.


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