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Electronic vs. Printed Books


    Information Services is a field in which changes occur literally every minute.  By the time a book is printed, there has already been modifications and updates that make the book out-of-date.  I believe the Electronic Document (or ED) could be the answer to the problem of keeping information current.

Click here for the advantages and disadvantages of electronic books

Click here for the advantages and disadvantages of printed books.
 

    Matthew Lamson and Williamson Simons say, "Electronic books are a dynamic media that is a combination of book, cinema and resource notecard - with the ability, when connected to the internet, to provide resources comparable to a library."  They also say that the design of an electronic book is much more difficult because the screen illumination causes the eye to tire more easily.   They call electronic books "Dynamic Media" because of the "sound, motion and interactivity."  They also say the ease of navigation of the electronic book is key to it's success.  Landmarks are very important.  The hyperlinks allow the reader to go deeper into the book than they may have if it were printed and read simply one chapter after another.  The link below is to their site with their findings on electronic books.

 Matthew Lamson/Williamson Simons share their thoughts on electronic books.
 

    Gregory J. E. Rawlins argues for the printed book.  He says "The advantages of printed books as a medium of information storage and exchange are that they are robust, they need zero power, several can be open at once, they have been around for 550 years, all literate people know how to use them, and they are readable in strong sunlight."  He admits that they are useless to the illiterate and harder to get into electronic format, but he feels the simplicity of the printed book - the ability to write in them, their portability and their ease of use will keep them around for years to come.

 Gregory J. E. Rawlins - thoughts on Printed book

    Publishers, of course, prefer the electronic method because it eliminates the cost of printing, storing, shipping and competing for shelf space.  The risk of under or over-estimating demand is non-existent with electronic books.  It also eliminates the used book stores cutting into their sales.

 Publisher's point of view
 
 

    While searching for sites that use electronic books for teaching, I found this site that offers books to help for those interested in many child-oriented needs.   Antelope Publishing offers electronic books on the task of home schooling, as well as important subjects such as how to teach children about strangers.

    I found the  University of Chicago , although limited to it's students, faculty and staff, has links to many electronic books, journals and indexes.

    In the Information Services field, currently not only training, but certification for the various Microsoft products is in very high demand.  This is a few sites I found that offers Microsoft training through electronic books.

 Provantage.com

 Fatbrain.com

    I found the internet gave me the most information on electronic books, possibly because the internet is where the use of them would be marketed.  I didn't find much at the library itself that wasn't already out of date or re-worded by one of the above authors.

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