E-books/E-textbooksAs stated by WangLisa (2017) E-books are mainly text, images and even audio or video packagedinto a single electronic file. E-books exist in differentformats such as PDF, EXE-compiled HTML pages, PDA format. Typing a document inMS Word and saving the document is already an example of an e-book format. On a daily basis, As studied byDarlene Waller(2013) that most higher education students, faculty, educationaladministration, teachers and students in K-12 use computers or a smart deviceto check e-mail, go online for course updates, or actually engage in onlinecourses. According to the study of Amy Kraft (2015), a study published in thejournal Library & Information Science Research found out that most of thestudents prefer e-books which they call e-readers.
But it has pros and consdepending on the factors. Advantagesof using E-books Some of thepractical advantages of going digital are obvious. A portable device can carryan entire library. Most of the people who prefer e books According to the studyof Patrick Allan (2014), in his study revealed that people prefer e-booksbecause it is more accessible. You can read it anywhere and people are dreamingof the accessibility that e-books have brought. It is easily to be read becauseadjusting the size and contrast are can be done. And especially it isstorage-free and convenient. E-books share some advantages andDisadvantages same with the textbooks or the traditional books.
According toWang Lisa (2017), E-books have the low update cost. When the author needs toupdate a certain parts in the e-book, the author can edit the electronicdocument easily and save the updated version. Unlike the usual printed books,e-books not just contain text and images but it contains audio and videos whichcan help the reader.
If the person doesn’t want to read he/she can listed tothe audio or watch the video. It is useful for kinesthetic learners. Somee-books even have flash applications that allow the reader to interact with thecontent. E-books are searchable, you’ll justtype what you need to read and it will automatically pop up. An e-book alsocontains a search button which will allow you to quickly jump to the pageyou’re interested in. It pertain the speed feature which the traditional bookdoesn’t have. No shipping cost, it can easily bedownloaded from the web.
Most of them are free but some has a price which isless compared to the textbook. A minute or a second of downloading will lessenyour worries. Going to the bookstore is not needed; you can have a book even athome. It provides the convenience,cost-free, and less time among the readers.
Everything is easy with e-books butnot all prefers e-books. Still most of the students prefer Textbooks ortraditional books because of many reasons. Advantagesof using Textbooks A printed boundartifact for each year of course or study which contain facts and ideas arounda certain subject. (Encyclopedia of education, 2008) The main reasons studentpreferred textbooks were the lack of distractions that are available on gadgetsand computers, as well as the headaches and eyestrain resulted by staring at ascreen. As stated by Amy Kraft(2015) some ofsmall studies recommend that reading on a paper is much better for retentionand focus rather than reading on electronic screen. West Chester Universityresearchers found out that Textbooks or the traditional books enhances thereading comprehension of the students.
Students are easily distracted bye-books as per a small study conducted by Joan Ganz Gooney (2015). Studentscan’t focus on what they’re reading because they are tempted to play games orother things in their gadgets. And also, they’re more engaged with the physicaland interactive multimedia experiences but they could not remember narrativedetails on it. As studied by the scholars fromStavanger University (2014), the scholars found out those e-books can be hardto absorb. Students remember more about the book if they read it on a printedpaper rather than reading it on an electronic screen. Reading on a screen can be tiringfor the eyes and the brain. According to the study from Sweden (2005) andHarvard (2014), it requires a higher cognitive workload when reading on ascreen. Staring to a screen at night can cause disorder to sleeping patterns.
People who used e-readers at night slept worse and more tired on the next day.It would be hard for the students to focus to the school. Reading using a gadget is onlylimited due to a limited battery life of a device. Also the reader device mayhave technical problems which may lead to the lack of access to the E-book.Although textbooks were inconvenient, majority of the students chose usingtextbooks over e-books.
Millennials are engaged and really addicted to their cellphones, tablets and computers but according to a study that Schaub (2016)stated that 92% of college students overwhelmingly said in a survey that theyprefer reading printed books than e-books. Physical books were the choice ofthe 92% respondents who selected paper over electronic devices. And accordingto the New York Times (2015), e-books sales have been falling in 2015.
These conclude that textbooks stilla better choice for the students. They prefer reading printed paper rather thanon a screen. It both has advantages and disadvantages and it is still debatableamong the higher level of education. Some schools are implementing the usage ofthe e-books and some schools are not. Switching from textbooks to E-books takestime and struggle among the students.
It will be hard for the students to adaptto E-books and that is the reason why the students are still loyal to textbooksand majority of the students prefer it rather than E-books.