I am a school library media specialist. To many I am referred to as the librarian. To students, a media specialist and around the country, a media coordinator. However, my job is to aid in turning patrons, more specifically, K-12 students into life-long library users and readers. There have been many discussions over the demise of libraries and physical books with the invention of eReaders. I own a Nook and adore my tablet. Owning a Nook, Kindle or any eReader will not put me out of a job or cause libraries to close. I am still supporting authors when I buy a book. All in all, the Nook is just cool. So why are so many people opposed to eReaders? You can Google that question but I thought I would provide reasons why eReaders are superb:
- Internal dictionary: Many readers struggle with unfamiliar words. My mom always encouraged me to look up these words when I was child. Consequently, I read with a dictionary by my side. With digital readers you simply have to highlight the word and viola! Instant understanding.
- Samples: You can sample any book for free. Instead of having to get in your car and drive to the book store or library, press a button and make a decision on if the book is right for you. You then have the choice to buy the eBook, physical book or borrow a free copy from your local library.
- Project Gutenberg, Adobe Free eBooks and many other online sites. This is a fantastic resource for high school and college students. Most importantly, your local library offers free eBooks. Swing by their site today. Here is the site for my fellow North Carolinians.
- Here's a secret: Kids love handhelds. Take a look at the kids in the backseat as you travel this summer. I guarantee that at least 85% of those children will be glued to an iPod, gaming system or something similar. What our students need and want haven't changed. What needs to change is how we deliver content.
- eBooks are never destroyed or lost. Destroyed and lost books drive me crazy and waste money. Once you buy an eBook, it's yours forever.
- Textbooks: Electronic text books are growing popularity and cheaper than their physical counterparts.
- Did I mention that eReaders are cool?