Towards the end of the year — as part of my digital book project — I had my sixth grade students take a final survey and one of my questions: What do you think books will look like in the future?
Here are some of their answers:
- I think books in the future will have people popping out of the pages and talking like a mini-play. In the future, you will not even have to read the books, just listen to them.
- I think they will be little squares that will be digital and project visual images
- Books will be holographic.
- Books will be high-tech and cool, and a printed out copy will have special effects.
- I think books will still be on paper but they will have videos and sounds in them. They will be more high-tech. They will have clear, beautiful pictures and videos of what is actually happening at that moment. And they will have the feelings that people have (example: If the book says, she felt the cold wind on her face, then a chilly wind would come out of the book).
- In the future, you will read books from the computer. I think this because it would save paper and would add cool effects to the stories to make you want to read them.
- I think that in the future, there will still be paper but many books will be digital. I think that the digital book will be very interactive and voice-activated, with movie clips, sound effects, movement and even hyperlinks to different endings.
- In the future, I think books will become automatic. They will have a special speaker inside that will tell you the story.
What strikes me is that so many of these comments suggest a passive reader, and I would hope that a push towards technology integration would allow the reader a larger role into the storytelling (for example: rearrange the story, or add a character, or find a way to alter the shape of the story arc).
Peace (in pages of the book),