Are e-Readers and e-Books Shaping The Way We Read, Learn and Communicate?

Are e-Readers and e-Books Shaping The Way We Read, Learn and Communicate? The answer to this question is "yes".

At least that is what Matthew Shaer from Cristian Science Monitor and Sam Blyth, the head of progressive Blyth Academy in Toronto

Digitization has the potential to make us better readers – we can read more; we can read it faster. The next generation of e-readers, for instance, will all be wired to the Internet, either through a 3G-phone network or a wireless connection. Not only will we be able to download dozens of books on the fly – many e-readers can hold more than a thousand texts – we will be able to notate texts and share those notations with friends hundreds of miles away.

E-reader technology is really changing the way students learn,” says Sam Blyth, the head of progressive Blyth Academy in Toronto. “We’re talking fully wireless, increasingly interactive machines – the ability to personalize the educational content of the text. For a student with learning strengths or weaknesses, the e-reader can be adjusted to suit them. That’s a key issue.”

It is too early to make predictions. But one thing is for sure, the form and shape of e-readers and ebooks applications will change. Take for example the new audiobook application that enables Android phone users to download digital books wirelessly, released by OverDrive ( leading library distributor of eBooks). See Library Technology Guides for more

Another noticeable trend is the slow move from print format into digital and as we know digital formats ( Scribd, Wattpad) offer a lot more possibilities for social interaction between the writer and the public and all the readers.

How far are we before books become obsolete? Very far. I personally think that it is too early to replace our books with electronic readers. As I said before, a generation needs to grow up, without reading any print books and using only electronic format, before we get ourselves concerned with the future of books.

However, every library should designate money in their budget to buy e-readers and offer them to the public. We don’t want to disappoint our avid digital readers.


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