Skimming and immersion in reading…

Also thought-provoking:

“What’s important is that they [bookshops] survive, along with libraries, as brick-and-mortar entities. It’s crucial that they’re part of the visible fabric of our lives, as much for this generation as future ones. We learn by what we see around us, and that’s what arouses our curiosity. Otherwise books will just become part of the general noise of games, downloaded films, Twitter, Facebook (or whatever comes after them), and films on the internet of people falling over. All those things, because they essentially involve skimming and moving quickly along to the next shiny bauble, are the antithesis of reading, which requires immersion. It worries me that we assume the same piece of technology – a tablet for now – can offer both skimming and immersive experiences, because eventually skimming will win out.”  ~ John Connolly (author of The Book of Lost Things)

Ref: p.108-109 Jen Campbell The Bookshop Book. Constable, London. 2014

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About backyardbooks

This blog is a kind of electronic storage locker for ideas and quotes that inform my research... literary research into fiction for young adults (with a special focus on New Zealand fiction). Kiwis are producing amazing literature for younger readers, but it isn't getting the academic appreciation it deserves. I hope readers of this blog can make use of the material I gather and share by way of promoting our fiction. Cheers!
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