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e-books: Sometimes…maybe

September 1, 2010

The debate about e-books has been going on for some time and now that students have the option of “renting” e-books it appears there are additional (presumably more economical) options to acquire texts and other resources for academic and personal use. My experience has been that e-books are fine for some things (qualitative, narrative works) but not as useful for others (statistics references, technical works). Some posit the lines are drawn by types of learners (i.e. pedagogy vs. andragogy) but the success of the market as a whole remains undetermined. Between my iPhone, laptop and Kindle it seems I can sync and read anything that is available in e-format at any time. However, my preference sometimes is to have a “real book” in hand.

What do others think of e-reading and the various options available?

 

http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2010/08/31/ebooks

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