200: A book by any other name…

A WEEKLY SERIES OF RIFFS IN 200 WORDS.

After years of research Maryanne Wolf (author of ‘Proust and the Squid: the Story and Science of the Reading Brain) concludes that humans aren’t naturally hard-wired to read and only do so by developing a ‘reading circuit’.

So, presumably, a child reared on eBooks who is later presented with a printed book might find the experience alien and would need to develop a new ‘circuit’ in order to find the process easy, meaningful and desirable.

Logically then, I should endeavour to embrace the eBook phenomenon and invite my brain to develop a new ‘circuit’.

bebook from Endless Ideas

As with the learning of foreign languages, I imagine age will have an impact.  As someone who has been on the planet long enough to remember Dick and Dora readers,  it may be harder for me to build a new circuit but surely not impossible.

Embrace the technology?  Do I have a choice?

I think not but I am really hanging out for a tech-savvy whiz kid to create a device with a soft cover and pages I can really flick.  Oh hang on a minute…that would be an old-fashioned book made of paper.

Still, maybe it’s possible to revamp the eBook reading tablet? 

220px-Kindle

 

Old Fashioned?

 

THE ANSWER TO FRIDAY’S FICTIONARY DICTIONARY IS
(a) Colcothar is a fine pigment power, used as jewellers’ rouge (50% answered correctly)

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