“[F]or the purposes of helping somebody learn a complex concept or personalizing the learning experience – a book is a terrible device. It is, by definition, one-size-fits-all. It can’t be updated, it can’t be interactive, and it’s not terribly engaging.”
– Matt MacInnis of Inkling, quoted in the Financial Post, February 27, 2012.
Has Mr. MacInnis ever heard of this wonderful invention called a teacher? Seriously, there are people who are actually paid to be in classrooms and help students master difficult reading assignments! Sometimes they can even make dull books entertaining!
Here is a fictional simulation of a teacher in action doing precisely this:
And because teachers are of the species homo sapiens, they can actually walk to their own classrooms!:
I’d like to see an e-book do that!
In the end, all you need to do is feed teachers and off they’ll go, helping to educate young people everywhere.
Alas, maybe that’s the problem.