The Future of Reading: Using Video Games as bait to hook Readers

"When PJ Haarsma wrote his first book, a science fiction novel for preteenagers, he didn’t think just about how to describe Orbis, the planetary system where the story takes place. He also thought about how it should look and feel in a video game....Mr. Haarsma is not the only one using video games to spark an interest in books. Increasingly, authors, teachers, librarians and publishers are embracing this fast-paced, image-laden world in the hope that the games will draw children to reading."
Will gamers pick up books if they need to in order to play a game? Does gaming offer useful skills on its own?. The NYT ponders.