In a new move that has sparked debate across the web, Bookboard has started offering children's books on the iPad.
Is reading from a digital reader better or worse for your children than reading a real book? This has been a recent question raised by many parent users after Bookboard has begun to release children's e-books on the iPad. Touted by the company is being "Designed to motivate kids to read," the interactive app is constructed with parent-to-child reading in mind. The app allows children to interact with their storybooks and suggestions are offered by the service for books depending on what they have already read. But research reflects that the benefits of e-book vs. paper book reading are not the same. According to a study by the Joan Goaz Cooney Center, "print books were more advantageous for literacy building," while the e-books "were advantageous for engaging children and prompting physical interaction."
While there is always a present perspective that engaging very young children technologically sometimes does not positively affect their development, in this case the e-book research seems to have uncovered a mental niche that paper books actually missed (the physical immersion aspect). With a healthy balance o both e-books and paper books as a part of a reading routine, both literacy and physical interactions can be explored by the child. Bookboard is available on the iOS app store for a free trial, and the full version can be unlocked for either $8.99/month or $29.94 for six months.
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