Ask Dr. Diane: Which do you like better . . . e-books or traditional books?
I am often asked about my preferences for e-books vs. the traditional book for use in the classroom setting. I teach for many different online universities. Some of these universities use e-books and others do not. Initially I was leery about using them because I am a page bender, a highlighter and basic destroyer of books, in order for me to get the most out of them. Technology has improved though and you can now do more to the e-book to mark things of interest. Also there is the option of printing out a few pages here and there if you really want a hard copy.
When I wrote the book The Online Student’s User Manual, I had no intention of offering it as an e-book. However, within weeks of its publication, one of the universities where I teach asked for it in that format so that they could make it required reading for all new students. Needless to say, I got over my reluctance quickly and made it available. I also made it available on Kindle: http://amzn.to/aCvMI1
Through time and experience using them, I realized that e-books are a great option for many students. A typical example is the student who attends a regular university and doesn’t want to lug a ton of books all over campus. However, my students are online students. Many may tend to have an ease with technology which is why they chose online learning in the first place. Some of my older students may have more of an issue with it than the younger ones. However, the portability and ability to read at work online or print things has made them accept the transition and appreciate it more.