Benefits of E-books

Monday, February 7, 2011

Electronics run the world today, and with the latest creation, tablets, the world will change even more. Tablets such as the iPad, Nook Color, Sony Reader and Amazon Kindle are changing our world drastically by one simple feature, e-books.

E-books are books that can be read electronically on digital devices like computers or tablets in this case. These can be very helpful in the fact that a person doesn't have to carry around all of his or her books.

By downloading the books legally online a person can have hundreds or even thousands of books with them at once. This not only saves space, but it also allows a person to search for topics within the books.

For example, if a person needs to find a specific section in his or her textbook, he or she can search key words to help narrow the search down. This saves a great amount of time.

Another great thing about e-books is the bookmarking feature. A person can bookmark certain parts of an e-book to come back to. Whether it's where he or she left off in the book, or he or she wants to share it with another person.

For my second semester here at Simpson College I had to purchase 15 books. I spent nearly $300 on these books. Which brings me to another great benefit of e-books, cost. E-books are much cheaper than buying actual books and textbooks. There are even times when you can download the books for free.

My final point about e-books is the immediacy. When purchasing a book you have to go to the store or even buy it online, but with e-books it's only a click away. You can purchase all you're textbooks necessary for classes and any other reading materials that may interest you at your home.

I believe e-books are the next big thing in today's world. I think in the next five years if you look into a classroom you won't see textbooks sitting on students' desks, you will see e-books.

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Nicole Dillenburg February 8, 2011 at 6:10 AM  

E-books seem very beneficial because it is practically the same thing as owning textbooks, yet everything is together and more organized. Convenience plays a major role in this as well because you are able to order books with a click of a button instead of going to the bookstore. Also, you do not have to worry about carrying around ten different textbooks, instead, they are all together on the E-book. Sign me up!

Tess Myer February 8, 2011 at 1:36 PM  

I agree, e-books will be the future generation's textbooks. I think that this invention is not only going to be helpful to all future generations of students, but will be the practical decision for all students across the world: elementary, high school, and college. I wonder though if we will all have to purchase tablets for e-books' purpose, or if there will be an even simpler machine made for e-books purpose.

Alexa Smith February 8, 2011 at 5:55 PM  

I have a Sony Reader and I love it! When I was in Great Britain for May Term it was so handy to have a "book" with me when I waited at a theatre or for the next Tube train. I still read paper books but sometimes a digital reader is the easiest reading material available.

April Sigmund February 8, 2011 at 8:09 PM  

I also think e-books are and will be extremely beneficial, especially for students. However similar to the case of newspapers, I hope this will not be the end of reading an actual book. I enjoy reading books in the same way that I enjoy reading a newspaper- the actual copy of it in my hands instead of reading it online or on some electronic device.

Zach James February 8, 2011 at 11:06 PM  

I got a Kindle for my birthday and I am quite addicted to it. I used to think that hard-copy books would be the easiest way to organize textbooks, but when fall rolls around, they are all going in the Kindle!

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