Will ebooks replace paper books? Not yet, according to Scholastic statistics published in 2015. Based on the survey, 65% of children aged 6-17 prefer to read in print. eBooks have not been completely adopted by schools either. According to a 2015 School Library Journal survey about 56% of school libraries have ebooks available to their students.
Which format works best in a school system? Technically the two formats are similar because both allow students to read! As teachers that is our BIGGEST challenge! It’s the text that is important not the format, however the debates have begun. Please read the pros and cons and participate in our poll.
The Paper Book The eBook
easily obtainable easily readable (zoom, letter resize)
portable easily portable (multiple books at once)
do not cause eye strain environmentally friendly
cheap lighting conditions
tactile learners need to touch the book device in hand (modern day tool)
easy to flip back to monitor meaning read more often because of convenience
bulky and heavy eye strain
light source needed Power needed (battery life)
notes are forever Cost/ device + books
Thanks for participating in our poll…please take a class vote as well!
-Submitted by: Laura Hickey, Instructional Media Specialist