Future of the book - challenge of the digital world

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In the last 10 years there has been much speculation about the role of e-books and e-book readers. This presentation looks at the impact of e-book readers on publishing and reading, the types of e-book readers, their advantages and disadvantages.

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Future of the book - challenge of the digital world

  1. 1. Future of the book? Challenge of the digital world Pat Pledger http://www.readplus.com.au Diversity Challenge Resilience: School Libraries in Action - The 12th Biennial School Library Association of Queensland, the 39th International Association of School Librarianship Annual Conference, incorporating the 14th International Forum on Research in School Librarianship, Brisbane, QLD Australia, 27 September – 1 October 2010.
  2. 2. What is an e-book? • Book that downloads into an e-book reader or onto a computer • Latest jargon for a paper book is p- book!
  3. 3. Availability of e-books • International Children’s Digital Library • Project Gutenberg • National Library of Australia • Authors like Neil Gaiman, Cory Doctorow and J.K. Rowling are offering free e-books • iPad apps for books like Animalia, Little Peter Rabbit • Search WebLinks Online for ebook sources http://www.weblinkresearch.com.au
  4. 4. Types of eBook readers • Amazon Kindle uses e-Ink, looks like a book • Sony • Barnes and Noble Nook • Borders Kobo • iPad is backlit. Has app for both the Kindle asnd Kobo as well as apps to read epub open source • iPhone
  5. 5. Formats: eBook readers Different formats • Pdf • Amazon : .azw, .mobi • Epub: iPad, Sony, Kobo • IPhone
  6. 6. Advantages of reading on e-book readers • Portability • Size of print • Dyslexic readers find reading on an e-book reader a better experience as the problem with crowding of letters disappears • Audio • Dictionary • Ability to bookmark and take notes • Instant access to books
  7. 7. Advantages of e-book readers • Cost with Kindle books • Sample chapter downloads • Ability to synchronise on different types eg Kindle, iPad, computer • Access to 1,000’s of free ebooks • Interactivity on iPad
  8. 8. Disadvantages of e-book readers • Difficulty swapping books from I device to another • No uniform platform • Page numbers, citing • Not as usable as print • Lending issues
  9. 9. Digital rights management • Publishers cannot sell ebooks unless the copyright holder has given explicit rights for book to be sold in Australia • Books have different publishers in different countries • Publishers like Random House Australia now have ebooks in different formats
  10. 10. Digital rights management
  11. 11. Lending platforms • Libwise (Fictionwise.com) Used by Ozebooks.com.au • NetLibrary (EBSCO) • Warner Books • Ebook Library • Overdrive (Loretto Normanhurst) • Issues: Cost and Content Source: Fiction Focus Vol 24 2010 Issue 3
  12. 12. Textbooks on eBook readers • US Research shows colour and diagrams didn’t show up, but individual taste dictates use • In survey 100 students. Yes, 53% 21% maybe
  13. 13. Features of future e-book readers • Purchase books across reading platforms
  14. 14. Future • Longer battery life • Added content like author reviews, reading guides and read similar authors • Models designed specifically for particular age groups: Young children, large buttons, good audio, multi-media and large print Senior reader easy to use, light and cater for diseases like arthritis
  15. 15. Classroom and library use • Motivate readers who are not very enthusiastic about reading • Children were able to listen to the text, change the font size and take notes and these extras led to a better understanding of the book
  16. 16. Barriers to eBook use in classroom • Students gaining access to the same material on e-book readers can be a problem for the classroom • 6 Kindles for 1 account, but issue of students getting access to account, • Kindle onto the PC, Mac and iPhone • Create own ebooks
  17. 17. Ability of people to read and understand the digital word • Aristotle: three lives for a good society: 1. productivity and knowledge gathering; 2. the life of entertainment, 3. life of reflection and contemplation • Children may not be able to go beyond decoding words to the rich world of reflection that can come after reading
  18. 18. Ability of people to read and understand the digital word • Reader felt more immersed in the printed word, rather than reading a traditional book or on a computer. • It has been argued by Liu (Liu, A. 2010), professor of English at the University of California, that Web 2.0 offers a different view of reading and contains a social experience.
  19. 19. Will the printed book die? Only 4 of the 97 students had an e-book reader. 53% preferred print 3 of the 4 students with e-book reader, preferred print.
  20. 20. 21% would read more books if they were stored on eBook reader
  21. 21. Conclusion More e-book devices are coming onto the market. With developers adding books to the iPad and more books becoming available in e- book form, educators will need to keep up with trends and test devices to see if they will improve the educational outcomes of their students.
  22. 22. Contact details • http://www.readplus.com.au • pledger@readplus.com.au • PO Box 173 Kangarilla. SA. 5157. • Ph. 08 83837381 • Fax 08 83837391 • Edna ebook group: http://www.groups.edna.edu.au/course/view.php?id=2497

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