Students Give Printed Book the Nod over iPad; Social Networking Forum Highlights Schools' Day

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Byline: PETER WEEKES Senior reporter

FOR traditionalists worried about the future of the printed book they need look no further to have those fears allayed than the 100 or so high school students at a session at the Byron Bay Writers' Festival.

During a session on socialmedia, students were asked to raise their hands if they preferred to read a printed book rather than one on an iPad.

Woodlawn student Sara Pascoe later explained why all but a handful raised their hands high.

aThere is something about reading a book; I reckon they will be around in 200 years time,a she said.

aThere is also the health aspect. It's bad for your eyes reading on the screen.a

Interestingly, she confessed that her grandmother, a former librarian, had an iPad and read books on it, but the teenager said it wasn't for her.

The future of the printed book was discussed during a session on tweeting, blogging, Facebook, Kindle, iPad and where to next.

ABC journalist Jeanti St Clair gave the predominately high school student audience a brief rundown on the increasing reach of social media, in particular Facebook, while comedian Tim Ferguson spoke about how it openedopportunities for generation Y. …

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