This week, my topic is an "eBook," an electronic version of a printed book. The other day, I attended the ebook and audiobook workshop at a public library.
Very interesting. The audience were middle age and elder people who access internet and have time and budget.
I asked a librarian to show the children's section on a catalogue. Not many, some children picture books are available. Most of them are simple ones such as counting, alphabets and animals' names or picture books published long time ago. Neither famous nor popular picture book is found.
Sadly, digitalized information has already caused problems. First, copyrights issues are serious. Second, already ebooks have been stolen from a library. "Some publishers won't do e book at all," a librarian said. I see. "In this digital era, once, information becomes available on net, copyrights do not exist," a uni lecturer told us in the sociology unit, "The impact of modern technology on our lives." So true.
Apart from eBooks problems, I have so sweet memories with parents in reading books together in the evening. On bed, we shared time. Isn't it our starting point to meet books? So, I still now love a library's "story time" and join it.
Today, whether printed books or eBooks, I sincerely hope parents or care givers will have reading time with children. Children will remember wonderful moments forever.
Lastly, I'd say special thanks for librarians, backstage players. They are very hard workers, so patient and very caring. You're the real heros!! Yey! We, picture book illustrators and authors often visit libraries for a book launch and do a regular presentation. In this "National Year of Reading," libraries have many events related to books.
Let us enjoy reading and share joy with others, too.
Friends, Happy Painting...and reading, too!!