Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Saturday, October 12, 2013
Queen voices concerns about children preferring e-readers to printed books
The Queen has voiced concerns about children preferring computer games and e-books to the traditional printed word.
Joanne Harris received the MBE for servies to literaturePhoto: JOHN STILLWELL/PA
She spoke of her fears as she presented the author Joanne Harris with an MBE for services to literature at a Buckingham Palace investiture ceremony.
Mrs Harris, whose books have been published in more than 40 countries, is best known for her best-selling 1999 novel Chocolat, which was made into a film starring Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp.
Speaking after receiving her honour, the writer said of her brief conversation with the Queen: “She asked me what I thought about e-books and computer games and said that she feared that children were playing with those more than they were reading books.
“So I told her that we start them on e-books and computer games and TV and then try to get them on to books later.
“Books may change shape but people will always need stories, and the shape of those stories may alter. I think hard copy books are here to stay for a long time. The fact they're branching out into other areas doesn't feel threatening at all.” More