I don’t currently own an e-reader (Kindle, Nook, iPad, etc.), but I expect I will someday. I like printed books, and I’ll have shelves upon shelves of them for as long as live, but I’m not opposed to the e-book revolution. I’m all for saving trees and decreasing the dust-collecting stuff in my life.
I’ve been learning about enhanced e-books and iPad apps, etc., and I have a question.
One of Darwin’s finches. Props to the first person who can tell me why I chose this image for this post.
Reading a book is different from, say, watching a movie. The brain is somehow more active when reading. Reading is cognitive exercise in a way that movies are not, and, thus, are in some way better for our brains.
Enhanced e-books are adding images, audio, and all sorts of other things to the text. Some enhanced e-books for kids include audio of the printed text, among other things.
My question is: At what point does the enhanced e-book become more like a movie than like a book in terms of cognitive exercise?
If we were to draw a linear scale showing the degree of cognitive exercise with movies on the left, audio books in the center, and books on the right, where might enhanced e-books fall?
Do we know what it is about books we have to keep when enhancing–or what we have to avoid–in order to not compromise the cognitive exercise?
Will enhanced e-books increase the level of cognitive exercise in a text, or will they decrease it?