E-Books vs. Traditional Books

E-Books vs. Traditional Books

 

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.