ERIC Number: EJ922964
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Apr-1
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Ereaders, the iPad--Is That All There Is?
Lankes, R. David
School Library Journal, v56 n4 p32-34 Apr 2010
The device industry is blowing a great opportunity to revolutionize reading. At the Consumer Electronics Show in January, a dozen or more ebook readers and tablets were trotted out as the wave of the future. Since then, Apple has revealed the iPad, Sony has started shipping a touchscreen version of its eBook, and Spring Design has started shipping its Alex reader. They all introduced some sort of nifty spin, from screens that actually bend and ones people can draw on to inset color displays and split screens. What worries the author about the recent spate of ereaders is that they are so boring. The author argues that if a person wants to reinvent reading and wants the iPad to be a revolutionary product, one should see reading for what it truly is: a conversation in which authors, readers, and an entire community can use the book to build knowledge and exchange ideas. The next evolution of the ereader should go beyond the artifacts of learning to engage the act of learning itself. The author stresses that it is time for someone with vision to step up and imagine what ebooks can become, and it is not about pretty page animations and a faux wood bookshelf.
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