1. Are books losing importance as a source of information and entertainment?
Never! For one thing, not all books will ever be electronic. And I'll say this multiple times here, there are folk who can't manage electronics, folk who don't have electronics, who need print and paper to have access to information.
2. Are e-books the death of paper books? Will paper books disappear?
E-Books are how I read everything these days, but there's a time and place for paper, so I don't think paper books will ever disappear. There are places where electronics may not be appropriate, and there are folk who have problem reading on electronic screens.
3. Should libraries focus on improving their technological resources rather than building a larger collection of paper books?
Tough question. If there was a perfect world, libraries would do both. Since that's not going to happen, they need to find that balance between providing technical resources and building the collection of paper books. Libraries serve populations that don't have electronic resources at hand and need to have options for those groups.
4. How important are early reading skills in a child’s academic performance?
Extremely! Good reading skills are critical to learning, whether going into academics or into skilled trades. You need to be able to follow directions, correctly, and good reading skills help folk who are good with their hands to develop new skills.
The hubby is my prime example for this. He's a self-admitted poor reader, but he's skilled at general handiwork and can do carpentry, electrical, work on his car and general home improvement. But he struggles with things he can't 'see' in his head and gets frustrated when there are complex written instructions that go with a task. In fact, there are too many times that he does something, it doesn't work, and then he's forced to go back and read through the instructions to see what went wrong. If he was more comfortable with his reading, he would have started there and not had to do the task twice.
5. Are people who spend a lot of time reading fiction wasting their time which could be better spent doing more useful activities?
Maybe. But everyone is different. And 'useful' can be subjective.
I've been doing a *lot* of reading in the past few weeks, even more than usual, and, sure, maybe I could clean the house more, or find something more 'productive' to do around the house, but there's nothing pressing that needs to be done. Intellectually, I'd love to spend more time writing but the muse isn't there and I'm okay with that.
Feeling obligated to do something useful doesn't mean it should be done.
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