Once upon a time there was a man named Jobs, Steve Jobs, and he was the man who created this magical, revolutionary device that we’re reading our story on tonight …
Bedtime story reading is always one of the most wonderful blocks of family time – enjoyed by kids and parents alike. It’s educational and fun, it’s a great way to bring energy levels down at the end of long hard day of being a kid, and it fosters a love of reading – which is such a great thing.
And the iPad is going to be a big contributor to this bedtime routine. It will not – any time soon – replace printed books. But it will be another great option on certain evenings when the mood strikes.
It will be an option that lets kids and grown-ups interact with the content as they read. Tapping here to generate an extra sound effect, and there to bring up a funny animation that enhances the story.
Some books will add in video and have fun facts shared via sidebars, or even mini games for kids to try out – using all that lovely iPad screen space to add some nice extras. Others will stay ‘old school’ and just concentrate on letting beautiful text and illustrations work their own timeless magic.
I know that my family – myself, my wife, and our 7 year old daughter – will find the iPad a superb new addition to our bedtime reading sessions. I’ve already floated this theory with my daughter and she concurred, with gusto.
We’ll enjoy the iPad Dr. Seuss ebooks, some of the wonderfully illustrated and narrated old classics like The Little Red Hen (a screenshot from the iPhone version of which is used in the image at the top of this post) and The Tortoise and The Hare, and all sorts of new content from standalone ebooks to new titles found via the iBookstore.
iPad – a big part of family time in the evening.
Countdown to iPad Series – There are countless articles and posts citing what the iPad isn’t or won’t be good at. We think they are wrong. Join us as we celebrate the countdown to iPad’s debut by posting a daily iPad use case. Think of the possibilities!
We have many iPad use case scenarios queued up, but could always use more. Please comment and share your iPad ideas below.