Where the blog have you been?

It’s been quite a while since my last post for a number of (good) reasons. I’ve been very busy at work what with a total move of the library across town (next-door to the rather swanky suburbs of Shoreditch, something of an upgrade from Mile End), a new illustration project (working on a storybook with a gosh-darn REAL writer!), and my first Android game. Hopefully I’ll be able to update my gallery page soon.

Also, the eBooks pilot has dropped off the radar recently, not just because of the theft of the 10 iPods (yes, the other two had gone as well), but because it seems that now that eBooks have become more absorbed into the public subconscious as ‘just another thing’, they’ve lost some of the lustre and they’re becoming less of a talking point, though there have been a few interesting developments.

I’m meeting one school next week who have decided they want to buy around 50 Kindles and want some advice on the logistics of this (tells me that Kindle is still the name that first springs to mind)

Feedback from the last pilot was that the secondary school pupils were disatisfied with reading on a smartphone-sized screen and wanted tablets or ‘proper’ eReaders. This is a reversal of previous trends only a year ago when pupils voted that they vastly preferred smaller screens. Could this be just another fashion-thing now that 7″ and 10″ tablets are becoming all the rage? It’ll be something to look into when I go shopping for new hardware.

Finally, annecdotal evidence from early feedback from the “Read for my school” competition championed by the unholy alliance of Gibb and Gove says that around 50% of the books read were the free eBooks (read on computers) provided by the great octopus (tentacles all over the place), Pearsons. Now there are factors to be taken into account here, such as;

  1. Appalling statistical evidence records
  2. How many print books did pupils have access to?
  3. Short-term novelty of eBooks
  4. The need to boost subs to Pearsons platforms
  5. Does it matter that there was such a limited range of eBooks provided?
  6. Thy’re free! Free, I tell you!
  7. etc, etc

But it’s interesting to see that, as many people are pointing out, print and digital books work together rather well, and it probably doesn’t matter what the medium is, as long as kids are actually reading well. But I’ll have to dig through the research properly for work at some point.