Friday, December 3, 2010
The Kindle was Made for Teenage Boys
There's clearly very little financial reason for publishers to consider more gender neutral covers or printing multiple covers, so that leaves teen boys having to either suck it up and buy the book that might get him bullied, or just not read. As you've probably heard, lots of boys are choosing route 2. I've talked about this before, so I won't go into it again. But I think e-readers might be an elegant solution.
Not only are e-readers cool because they're portable and can carry a lot of books, but they're also gender non-specific. A kid can sit in class, reading his Kindle, and no bully is going to know if he's reading some awesome biography or the latest, greatest vampire romance. Not unless they steal the e-reader, which is a whole separate problem. But think about it: one of the major reason (I feel) that teen guys stray from YA is fear. If no one can see what he's reading, I think it might help bring guys back to YA.
I don't know, just a thought.