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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’.
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?
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