Released: July 25, 2013

Parents take to print books in digital age

In today’s digital world, Krystle Martin still appreciates that moment when she can sit with a printed children’s book in her lap and bond with her young daughter before bedtime.

The feeling of the pages, the vividness of the illustrations and the personal time it creates with her 2-year-old daughter, Kahlen, can’t be replicated with touchscreens and mobile applications, Martin said.

Most would expect Martin at 21 years old to be immersed in a technological world where tablets, smartphones and electronic readers reign supreme. The Richmond mother instead has stocked Kahlen’s shelves with children’s books, both new and old, for Kahlen’s nightly routine, which involves a bedtime story before the lights are shut off.

“If she is on an iPad, it’s her playing by herself,” Martin said. “If she has a book, it’s Kahlen and mommy time. It’s bonding time when we sit and read together.”

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