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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Twitter in the Courts

The most important court within the United States, the Supreme Court, is now allowing individuals, specifically journalists, to tweet about what is happening from within the cases. This new opportunity will increase the amount of publicity newspapers will receive by allowing the current journalists to keep the public informed online about debates and court progressions.

These progressions will allow readers to remain more updated about cases and hopefully spark interest in other individuals who wouldn't be interested in the past. By allowing tweets to be submitted during the case, officials hope the popularity of the Supreme court cases will be enhanced and questions from the public will be answered immediately.

Journalists along with the public, are going to benefit from this opportunity. By allowing immediate information to be relayed to readers they will build loyalty for their information by the public.

Having immediate news to relay towards the readers will keep the readers interest. This interest will help the journalists receive more attention.

However, not all cases are open for tweeting. "Important exceptions include cases where there are formal reporting restrictions in place, family cases involving the welfare of a child, and cases where publication of proceedings might prejudice a pending jury trial." Another factor that needs to be taken into consideration is that it should not disrupt the court system.

These exceptions are minor when it comes to the overall picture. Keeping readers informed about what is happening immediately, is imperative to building popularity for the news industry in the media world.

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Journalism Is Not Dead

This past Thursday and Friday, Simpson College students traveled to the INA Convention & Trade Show to engage their minds in becoming better journalists.

On Friday morning, Michael Bugeja, journalist, author, and educator, talked to writers about his views on social networking vs. newspapers. He believes that in this generation journalism is gone. As well as Bugeja, many people feel that social networking has swept over the popularity of receiving news.

As a college student wishing to pursue a career in journalism, the possibility of wasting your time writing a piece of work readers may never read is a scary thought.

Although online data has become very useful and easily accessible, young journalists should not give up on their dreams of writing for a newspaper, magazine, etc. Writing in a newspaper can provide a lot of the same advantages online sources can today.

Still worried? There is a great solution that many writers are turning to today: combining the newspaper and social media together. Many writers at the INA Convention Show were taught the advantages of both traditional media and social media.

The common phrase, "Two is better than one," has been an accurate statement for many journalists and reporters all over the world. Writers from past generations just may have to set up a Twitter or Facebook account to see if it can help provide better publicity of their work. With the increase of social media, it is a great time for writers to research the pros of mutually combining the two and seeing the steps they can take to reporting the news today.

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