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2010 Short List Electronic Books
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Time-to-Adoption Horizon: One Year or Less
Time-to-Adoption Horizon: Two to Three Years
Time-to-Adoption Horizon: Four to Five Years
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Time-to-Adoption: One Year or Less
As the technology underlying electronic readers has improved and as more titles have become available, electronic books are quickly reaching the point where their advantages over the printed book are compelling to almost any observer. The convenience of carrying an entire library in a purse, pocket, or book bag appeals to readers who find time for a few pages in between appointments or while commuting. Already firmly established in the public sector, electronic books are gaining a foothold on campuses as well, where they serve as a cost-effective and portable alternative to heavy textbooks and supplemental reading selections. The availability of portable electronic reading devices like the Apple iPad, the Amazon Kindle, the Nook, the Sony Reader, and many book-reader applications designed for mobiles has made it easy to carry a wide selection of reading material in a small package, with that material updated wirelessly as new content becomes available. The iPad show the promise of new classes of devices that merge the utility of ebook readers with much of what laptops offer, including web browsing, a wide variety of applications, and an expanding set of entertainment options.
Relevance for Teaching, Learning & Creative Enquiry
*Electronic books provide teachers and students with access to books for little to no cost; online resources can be purchased at the campus level that grant students free access to thousands of books.
*Electronic book readers can allow students to record, archive, and share commentary and notes about what they are reading, facilitating the work of study groups and research teams.
*An obvious draw for students is the advantage of having a single handheld reading device that can easily accommodate the entirety of readings involved in one’s study, as well as all the essential reference texts.
Electronic Books in Practice
*A pilot program at Northwest Missouri State University has determined that students prefer interactive digital readers that allow them to post virtual sticky notes and mark chapters:
Bookglutton invites users to set up a free online account. Readers choose a book (many at no cost), select a reading group (if desired), and comment on the book as they read:
The University of Virginia's Darden School of Business is participating in an Amazon-sponsored program to test the Kindle DX:
For Further Reading
Clive Thompson on the Future of Reading in a Digital World
(Clive Thompson, Wired Magazine, 22 May 2009.) Thompson makes a case for digital books: in addition to enhancing sales of print books, e-books enable ongoing reader dialogs.
E-Books in Higher Education
(Jim Sinopoli, for the International Conference on Information, August 2009.) This paper briefly discusses the environment necessary to optimize e-books in higher education.
Librarians Desperate for E-books as Demand Outstrips Supply
(Rebecca Attwood, Times Higher Education, 10 September 2009.) Publishers needn't worry that e-books will replace paper textbooks: a UK study found that while ebooks are very popular, students and faculty prefer to use them as a supplement.
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