Redefining Reading - eReader Textbooks
May 26, 2010 Reading 2389 Views
There is no doubt that reading textbooks helps form careers. With technological innovation, catching up with the multi-million dollar textbooks market, the market movers have introduced ereader textbooks for the benefit of the students. They believe that the age will soon arrive when the students will dispense with their pen and papers and, instead, read through the ereader books.
What Are Their Features And Advantages?
Some of the main features and advantages of these are:
1.These are loaded with the textbooks as per your course curriculum.
2.Depending on the company that is offering readers, the courses can either remain on the computer or these will expire after the semester period.
3.Students do not have to carry their bulky textbooks all the time. They can carry their ereader textbooks at all places, even while traveling.
4.These are eco-friendly. Since these do not require paper to publish, there is no need to cut the trees. So these are expected to provide a major push for tree conservation measures.
5.With rising tuition fees every year, these are expected to bring respite to college students.
6.Ereader textbooks are more convenient to use than laptops. These are of light weight, do not consume much power, and can provide 50 plus hours of reading in one recharge.
7.Ereaders have greater resolution than laptops to make reading easier and less straining on the eyes.
These innovations have not found much favor with the target community, that is, the students, simply because these are expensive. The cost of ereaders and ebooks together makes it a costly affair for the students. Further, many of these do not have the search function. So when one to look for anything specific, he or she has to sift through the pages, which is a painstaking work.
The students would like to read the reviews of textbooks before deciding to purchase them. Some of the websites are offering ereader reviews on textbooks as well as links to the blogs on the topics of general interest. These sites feature some textbooks and provide some of its excerpts. Then, these are rated based on the reviews at sites where these are sold. There are links to the sites from where these can be bought at the price mentioned therein. The reviews of textbooks are also provided to enable the students to arrive at a decision whether to buy these.
Every innovation takes time to get appreciation and plug the shortcomings of its design and features. This one holds promise for the future. Therefore, major publishing houses have already offered some of their textbooks in the new format. Working in collaboration with the electronic industry giants, some universities in the United States have also run pilot projects by providing these ereader textbooks for the students. The idea is to make a practical of these devices and know what their advantages and disadvantages are so that these can be further improved. Students do want to see how the future of reading changes in the time to come.