Will Our Kids Read Books or Blogs?

Kyle Reed // @kylereed

Not literally my kids (I do not have any, that I know of…cue bad joke noise here) but I wonder, the next generation, will they read more books or blogs?

I know that I read a lot of blogs, I read a lot of books. But I am more drawn into blogs. They are short, sweet, get to the point of what they want to say and give the opportunity to interact.
I think that is the biggest problem with books is that there is no interaction. You don’t get the chance to talk to the author or leave a comment and then have a good conversation with others.

What do you think?

Will it be Books or Blogs?

*kyle

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  • http://godlysheep.com Brett Barner

    That's a good question. I'm not sure. I do believe with ereaders and the growth of mobile web, there will be a blend of blog, newspaper, and books (including school text books) all read from the same device.

    • http://thoughtsaboutnothing.com @kylelreed

      that would be awesome

  • http://twitter.com/Zacinator Zac Cross

    I would say blogs or whatever their future replacement (perhaps called Twitfacerbookblog), will definitely be read more than books. Other than the Bible, I haven't actually read a book in 2010 so far. I have plans to and have like 4 that I have picked up, but I just haven't found the time to truly devote to a book. A blog entry you can read in one setting and reflect on it instantly. Its like a book club only for very short 1 page books. You don't need to meet at someone's place to discuss a chapter. You can read a blog and have literally hundreds of people all discussing it without even leaving your house. Instant reflection and feedback on your thoughts make for a more enjoyable experience. You can rave about a book to someone for months before they would actually even consider buying it or reading it. You can send them a link to a blog-post and they will read it that day and you can talk about it.

    This doesn't mean books will become obsolete, but I think just like the music industry you will start to see more of a move towards selective purchasing (instead of buying your favorite song off an album, maybe you buy a chapter from a book everyone is raving about). There will always be people who read 50+ books a year, but they will become more rare as RSS feeds will replace the time you would have spent reading a book.

    • http://thoughtsaboutnothing.com @kylelreed

      Great points Zac…
      I like that idea of selective buying, a chapter or two. Now if authors could get the hint of setting up pages where people can come and interact with each other this would really be something.

  • http://www.brendonfoulke.com/ Brendon Foulke

    dude i totally agree that it seems like the youth of the world is drawn to shorter faster readings. I can totally agree with that. I think that the world in general is movie towards a digitally based society. Which could be a good thing or a bad thing. I would have to side with blogs, but my hope is that Books dont go away, because there is nothing better than a good book, a cup of coffee and sitting in the comfy chair in your house on a saturday morning. good things bro.

    • http://thoughtsaboutnothing.com @kylelreed

      ya, but for us that is good. How much does a kid enjoy that though I wonder? They do not know that or have seen that from their parents like we have. I think they know more about blogs then about books.

  • Kelly_Tabithas_Team

    I don't think books will ever go away, but I think that there is already a smaller group of people buying them – booknerds like me. More people will be reading short, interactive posts.

    Interesting timing on the thought, though, because I have been consumed in an online homeschool conference all week, and spending the rest of my hours agonizing over planning a high school curriculum for the first time for next year. As I thought about the things I want my son to learn and skills I want him to have, I have started to think that I should introduce him to an RSS reader and help him pick out blogs to follow. It just seems like something that is becoming a “need to know.”

    • http://thoughtsaboutnothing.com @kylelreed

      that is a good idea. Maybe it starts off his morning or something like that. Good idea

  • http://theperkinsblog.com/ Michael Perkins

    For me…I don't think anything will ever be able to replace the way a book feels in my hands…I love them because I can get completely lost in somone's thoughts…

    I love blogs as well because it lets me feel like I am actually getting to know the author's of these books…I guess blogs appear to be more “raw” if that makes sense which makes them attractive as well…

    • http://thoughtsaboutnothing.com @kylelreed

      I am with you on the blog thing, raw and interactive is where it is at and that is what blogs do for me at least.

  • http://twitter.com/benjizimmerman Benji Zimmerman

    Books won't go away because you wont get a 4 year old to read from an Ereader, unless of course it has hologram technology instead of pop-outs. :)

    • http://thoughtsaboutnothing.com @kylelreed

      I will tell you know, I watched CMDtv this week and if books can do that it will take over, that was some cool stuff. I think we are moving there though.
      You are the guy to weigh in on this…
      what are you seeing inside your market at the church?

  • http://twitter.com/benjizimmerman Benji Zimmerman

    Books won't go away because you wont get a 4 year old to read from an Ereader, unless of course it has hologram technology instead of pop-outs. :)

  • http://twitter.com/benjizimmerman Benji Zimmerman

    Books won't go away because you wont get a 4 year old to read from an Ereader, unless of course it has hologram technology instead of pop-outs. :)

  • Tyler

    I think they'll read both. Hopefully. They are kind of a different thing.

    I think of them in terms of television. Books are like a well written drama (Lost). Blogs are like a reality TV show (Survivor). Each might be of similar content – people suck in a remote place competing for love, attention, victory, survival – but are presented in completely different ways. Both are highly entertaining.

    • http://thoughtsaboutnothing.com @kylelreed

      Thats an interesting comparison

  • Tyler

    I think they'll read both. Hopefully. They are kind of a different thing.

    I think of them in terms of television. Books are like a well written drama (Lost). Blogs are like a reality TV show (Survivor). Each might be of similar content – people suck in a remote place competing for love, attention, victory, survival – but are presented in completely different ways. Both are highly entertaining.

  • Tyler

    I think they'll read both. Hopefully. They are kind of a different thing.

    I think of them in terms of television. Books are like a well written drama (Lost). Blogs are like a reality TV show (Survivor). Each might be of similar content – people suck in a remote place competing for love, attention, victory, survival – but are presented in completely different ways. Both are highly entertaining.

  • http://denisefath.com/ Denise Fath

    I'll take reading a book over reading a screen any day, but somehow I doubt the next generation will. Poor kids are all going to go blind staring at screens all day! ; )

    • http://thoughtsaboutnothing.com @kylelreed

      I had to get glasses because of how much I stare at the screen.

  • http://denisefath.com/ Denise Fath

    I'll take reading a book over reading a screen any day, but somehow I doubt the next generation will. Poor kids are all going to go blind staring at screens all day! ; )

  • http://thoughtsaboutnothing.com @kylelreed

    Thats an interesting comparison

  • http://thoughtsaboutnothing.com @kylelreed

    that would be awesome

  • http://thoughtsaboutnothing.com @kylelreed

    ya, but for us that is good. How much does a kid enjoy that though I wonder? They do not know that or have seen that from their parents like we have. I think they know more about blogs then about books.

  • http://thoughtsaboutnothing.com @kylelreed

    that is a good idea. Maybe it starts off his morning or something like that. Good idea

  • http://thoughtsaboutnothing.com @kylelreed

    I am with you on the blog thing, raw and interactive is where it is at and that is what blogs do for me at least.

  • dannyjbixby

    I'm gonna say both.

    But I think that there will be new hybrid forms of blogs/books as well that naturally evolve.

    • http://thoughtsaboutnothing.com @kylelreed

      Dude, lets create that and be the first.

      • dannyjbixby

        Can it also breathe fire?

        This is kinda a dealbreaker…

  • http://www.ricianne.com/ patricia

    i think they will read blooks. blogs that will turn into books.