New report says what we already know

The USA Today and the New York Times both reported on a new study out today on kids and technology. A fascinating look at how quickly things are changing: www.usatoday.com/tech/news/2010-01-20-1Avideokids20_ST_N.htm

As kids and teens spend more and more time tied to tech, what will happen to these things we call books? There’s no doubt that some of them will morph into MMU’s (Media Mash-ups): Printed pages, videos, games, web elements, and mobile content combined to create (sometimes) great stories.

Here’s my guiding principle when I work on multimedia projects: when we put technology ahead of the story, the characters, and the turning of pages, the book itself becomes irrelevant. Mixing books with other modern media’s is perfectly fine, but young readers should hear us loud and clear: the destination is always the book.

For further exploration, check out this audio discussion about Skeleton Creek, the first book/video hybrid ever made: www.patrickcarman.com/media/patrick-carman-jeffrey-townsend-discuss-skeleton-creek-on-ktel/

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