Future of Reading

Introduction: Chapter 2 of Marshall's book got me thinking about other things that might have an influence on readers in the future. While Marshall looked primarily at the technology, software and other issues related to the reading material itself, Marshall also said there will be additional contributors to the future of reading. As both a mom and an educator, I'm wondering what people's thoughts are on the outlook of reading.

A Narrative About Reading Now

I have two sons, 13 and 9 who both thankfully love reading. They also love video games and tv. I think my boys read more than most of their peers (although I'm not certain). I think this because other parents have asked us for book recommendations or lamented that they cannot seem to get their kids interested in reading.

I don't know for sure why my kids like reading. I attribute a lot of it to the fact that my husband and I read often to them and we listened to audio books when going on long trips. It was important for me that my kids fell in love with stories, and they did. We also limit screen time. I think my boys would probably choose screens over books when given the choice, but when screens are not an option, the book is the first thing they pick up. Lastly, we always encourage reading at bedtime.

But we have not crossed the threshold to ereaders yet. They do read some things occasionally on their school ipads, but it's rare. I hesitate to mix print with screen because I want to give their eyes a break, I want to know what they are doing when they're on a screen, and we don't quite have the access to free ebooks like we do free library books. The library's ebook catalog is limited and complicated to use.

Many of my students say they either never did like to read or if they did enjoy reading, they have let the practice fall to the wayside; it has been replaced with socializing, homework, sports, a job, and the ever present iphone and it's tempting social media platforms. So, of course, they are reading; they just aren't reading books.
And that gets me to wonder...

What Will Reading Look Like in Everyday Life in 5-10 Years?


Other Sources on the Topic of Reading in the Future

|Sven Birkerts. The Gutenberg Elegies: The Fate of Reading in an Electronic Age Faber and Faber, 1994 - Bonnie

I, BonnieRobinson, added the purple comments to Peter's bullet points.
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