Reading is enrichment, interacting with a book is creating. Now imagine to convert the old practice of book-crossing into a digital version: it becomes eBooks crossing.
Inspired by this service that allows people to label their book and then track it all around the world, ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/ ) I decided to come up with the idea of a eBook-crossing to enable young people to interact more with the contents inside the body copy.
Then there is another brilliant project: http://booktwo.org/notebook/openbookmarks/ "B
ookmarks in all their forms: as underlining, dogears, annotations, notes and references, User-generated tags and footnotes [...] What is valuable is what we can lend to our friends and pass onto our children is not copies of books but originals of our own experiences, associated with those singular works of art". (
Frankfurt book fair 2010
Why just reading a book, recording notes to store somewhere and then pass it on?
Why don't make of an eBook a powerful enabler for young people to nurture their creative commitment and they pleasure in sharing something with the community?
I imagine an open-ended narration, a
game-book (completely new or a remake of traditional novel) where reader can choose between different paths. Then Bookmarks are available as well, they can remain attached to the eBook or shared through a social platform. Furthermore free writing and illustrations (to be made directly on the eBook) can be added by the kids to improve the story during the reading.
In the end the reader can store the eBook in a dedicated platform. The text can be passed on, from hand to hand taking something special and personal from everybody.