I may be a little old-fashioned or simply out of touch, because when it comes to books I like the real thing. I love books you can hold in your hands, turn over the corners to save your page, scribbles notes in, break the spine and even drop in the bath and know they will survive relatively intact.
So for that reason, I don't want a Kindle, I don't want a Sony Reader and I don't want to read books on a Nintendo DS.
I want the real thing.
I love books. I love bookshops. I loved Borders.
But times are changing.
When I received a new FLIPS title from EA games to review (an innovative new book range created for the Nintendo DS) I secretly hoped that I would not like them. While I support anything that helps children pick up a book and that encourages a love of reading, I was not comfortable with the idea of children reading books on a games console, I just did not think the concept would work.
We received the Edin Blyton Faraway Tree Stories to review partly because I adored reading them as a child and partly because they seemed suitable for a six-year-old.
In fact the vocabulary was too difficult for IJ and she announced she would rather play Mario Kart instead.
So far so good?
Then I passed the FLIPS on to Miss E, daughter of a close friend, who is a very intelligent nine year old who absolutely adores books and who has been known to get through several in a week. She is also used to reviewing products for blogs!
To my great surprise, she loved them and even rated them 9.9 out of 10! When I prompted her for anything negative at all she could find about the FLIPS she could find nothing. Zilch. When I went to get the FLIPS back from her half an hour later, she was still engrossed in the story and keen to show me the interactive links, the sound effects and the pictures which she thought were great. She also added that they would be good to read in bed at night because the screen lit up and she would definitely read more titles.
Thankfully she said she would continue to read normal books as well.
She did have one amusing observation about the Faraway Tree Titles though:
"Why have the names been changed?" She asked. "They used to be called Fanny and Dick, now they are called Frannie and Rick."
I told her that perhaps it was to make them more modern and left it at that.
So they get the thumbs up and I've changed my mind. In fact, I think they would be particularly good for children who are reluctant to pick up a book and for those who love gadgets, as most children do.
The FLIPS do seem fun, exciting and easy to read despite my initial reservations. The recommended retail price of £24.99 for a cartridge containing six books does not seem unreasonable and they could be shared with friends.
So I concede defeat. I like them.
Now someone pass me a Kindle!