Cellulose Free Extensive Reading


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When discussing the reduction of paper use, the debate is often framed from the use of paper in an office setting with the general understanding being to reduce unnecessary copies or the printing of digital documents. Further muddying the waters is the mismatch of current Digital Rights Management policies with the existing capability of digital technologies. This mismatch has largely caused Japanese university libraries and the bound volumes of cellulose they contain to be excluded from the paperless debate. Fortunately, new, non-traditional companies are offering ebooks in a variety of formats and licensing arrangements. Learning Management Systems such as Moodle can now enable teachers to tackle this mismatch from the bottom up. This poster will present an overview of an ebook library created to supplement an existing, physical extensive reading program. The pros and cons of ebooks will be outlined from the perspective of an English teacher at a Japanese university. Means of obtain ebooks with the appropriate types of copyright and hosting them in a Moodle database will also be presented. Future plans to integrate ebooks and their respective quizzes into a local MoodleReader installation will also be introduced.

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Cellulose Free Extensive Reading

  1. 1. 5 laws of library science • • • • • Books are for use. Every reader his [sic] book. Every book its reader. Save the time of the reader. The library is a growing organism. (Ranganathan as cited in Simpson, 2008) Simpson, C. (2008). Five Laws. Library Media Connection, 26 (7), 6.
  2. 2. 5 laws of library science • • • • • Media are for use. Every patron his information. Every medium its user. Save the time of the patron. The library is a growing organism. (Simpson, 2008) Simpson, C. (2008). Five Laws. Library Media Connection, 26 (7), 6.
  3. 3. 3 laws of extensive reading? • Make it more interesting • Make it more comprehensible • Make it easier to find other books to read. (Krashen, 2012) Krashen, S. (2012). The Route to Academic Language Proficiency. The 5th Annual JALT ER Seminar Plenary. Sugiyama Jogakuen University, Nagoya, Japan.
  4. 4. • Traditional publishers don’t own copyright to all material. • Multitude of book publishers (many parties, less agreement) • Digital Rights Management Systems (DMR) is “digital gold”. • Silliness: HarperCollins 26 Circs for e-books / no interlibrary loans
  5. 5. “Clearly a shakeout needs to happen in the next year or two if the industry is to have any hope of averting an outbreak of mass piracy and file sharing like the music industry and movie industry in experiencing” (p. 13). Buczynski, J. A. (2010). Library ebooks: Some can't find them, others find them and don't know what they are. Internet Reference Services Quarterly, 15(1), 11-19.
  6. 6. http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/sony_microsoft_mpaa_riaa_apple.jpg
  7. 7. "I'm definitely a strong believer in DRM-free products. My only real concern with Atama-ii Books and PDF is quality control; because of the structure of multi-path books, plus the fact we have so many colour illustrations, I need to make sure a PDF version is feasible. But we're definitely going to try to figure it out.” Marcos Benevides Benevides, M. (2014). Personal Communication
  8. 8. Thank you. Questions, comments, or suggestions?