Oh Hell No
NO. No. I am not reading a VOOK. NO. In the name of everything holy to bookworms, OH HELL NO.
I don’t even know what to say. You are going to add video to books? I don’t want to watch a video while I’m TRYING TO READ.
Quote from article:
If you could see the authoritative version of a character right away, without waiting for the movie version, would you?
No! I like who I’m visualizing. I don’t like seeing books made into movies, because it messes with that. The article also posits the question of whether adding video to books changes the experience of reading. YES! I don’t read and think, “oh hey I wish I could see what this or that looks like” – I read and SEE. I don’t need help in that. And I don’t think fellow bookworms want that type of help, either.
Vook asks that you do not try and compare the books and vooks [don’t worry we won’t]:
We don’t pretend that it’s a book because it’s not.” With the Vook, “there’s an expectation that you’re not gulping the text,” as you would in a traditional novel. Instead, Inman says, “you’re tasting the text,” dipping in and out of it at will.
I think Vook should choke on their text.
I do see the usefulness in using “vooks” to engage people who would otherwise never pick up a book (as in people who are only reading for an English class). Let’s give those kids Twilight vooks.
The author of the article, Monica Hesse, wins my heart over by writing:
Reading has traditionally been one of imagination’s personal trainers, and while skipping from medium to medium might provide other benefits (catering to a variety of learning styles rather than just the visual reader’s), it might adversely affect the way we create our own worlds.
Oh thank God she’s agreeing with me. The article’s title gave me a massive heart attack. I freaked out about ebook sales this morning and now this? I couldn’t handle a world without traditional books.