Photo of boy in public housing with an iPad prompts debate over what the poor should have

Our goal as a nation should be for every child in Public Housing to have an ereader or iPad or some form of portable screen with internet access. Our goal should be to insure that children growing up with the least advantages economically have more not less educational advantages.

An iPad is cheaper than most computers. It’s portability allows a child to use it outside rather than tethered inside an apartment that may not have working air conditioning. Aside from providing access to teachers, libraries and educational programs a device like this allows parents on assistance to shop grocery stores for the best deals and sales in order to make their food stamps go further, search for jobs and apply for unemployment more easily, and search for and apply for social services they may not have been aware of that can help their families. 

As a nation we should be working tirelessly to prevent a digital poverty line by requiring companies to donate or provide affordable broadband, WiFi hot spots, ereaders and tablet in poor communities across the country. 

In most cases, paper books have more obvious topography than on-screen text. An open paper book presents a reader with two clearly defined domains—the left- and right-hand pages—and a total of eight corners with which to orient oneself. You can focus on a single page of a paper book without losing awareness of the whole text. You can even feel the thickness of the pages you have read in one hand and the pages you have yet to read in the other. Turning the pages of a paper book is like leaving one footprint after another on a trail—there is a rhythm to it and a visible record of how far one has traveled. All these features not only make the text in a paper book easily navigable, they also make it easier to form a coherent mental map of that text.
—  -Ferris Jabr, “The Reading Brain in the Digital Age: Why Paper Still Beats Screens,” The Scientific American, October 28, 2013
Free Ebooks

Hey guys! For all you avid readers out there, I found this website that provides you with free ebooks! There are over two million titles to choose from, and a good chunk of them are popular books right now (teen fiction), so if you’ve got an iPhone or an ereader, anything you can read ebooks on, this websites a great place to get them!!! I obviously cannot speak to the legality of this website, so use it at your own risk, but it’s a great place to get some great books without shelling out large amounts of money!
Kobo’s Aura H2O e-Reader Finally Brings eBooks to the Bathtub

What book-lover hasn’t at least thought about bringing his e-reader into the bath, shower, or even the pool? How many have ruined e-readers this way? But bathtub reading isn’t a problem with the new $180 Kobo Aura H2O, a waterproof E Ink e-reader that can survive being dunked in more than 3 feet of water for 30 minutes, assuming its port cover is closed.  

Finally! Was that too much to ask?

When I was having a coffee earlier, a woman sat next to me all of a sudden said ‘look, a book!’ I didn’t think anything at first but then I realised she was talking to me, so I smiled but kept on reading. Next thing I know she’s making a big deal about the fact that it’s not an e-reader. I’m not exactly socially adept so the best I could say was something like 'e-readers are really great - a book is a book after all’. She didn’t have anything to say to that.

Books are wonderful no matter what format they’re in.


Read It Maybe - a hysterical Call Me Maybe parody produced by Open Books for their A Short Story video blog. Trust me it’s worth it - and I have a crush on the girl in the orange sundress - ~eP

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