Fancy gadgets mightn't be the answer to getting kids to read, but it sure helps. What might help even more is by tying the world of books to the more yoof-friendly idea of social networks; which, really, is just an extension of the childish longing to be part of a group or a tribe or something. How do you do that, when reading's such a solitary experience?
That's what the COPIA is trying to figure out. It's an app for iOS, Android and Windows that lets you read eBooks along with friends – so, you can all be reading the same book at the same time and, within the app itself, talk about it, highlight bits you like, scribble notes in the margins.
It's also being applied to education for stuff like group discussions, studying together, and other neat stuff. So it'll get kids into reading, get them thinking and talking about books, get them learning, get them socialising...are there any downsides? I guess other than not being able to import Kindle books...nope!