Tablets vs. Textbooks: E-Text Use on the Rise

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t.alex
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Re: e-text is still not the same
t.alex   2/6/2011 6:56:35 AM
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E-text does relief the burden of carrying a whole stack of books for students, but taking notes on the fly is nowhere near taking on a real text book. I find having a real textbook is still a better choice. 

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hwong   1/30/2011 7:16:36 PM
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I can understand the convenience of e-text in place of textbook for classroom. Students no longer have to carry 10lb load in their backpacks. What the drawback is with e-text, is that it is impossible to just write notes on the fly and highlight as students study the materials in great length. If the manufacturer of e-text can make that capability happen, I think that it will be much more user friendly

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Susan Fourtané   1/30/2011 6:31:00 AM
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Of course! But in what way do you see people assisting computers? Adaptation is always a response to a change and a process of evolution. The ones who are not able to adapt are left behind. And this happens in all the spheres of the life that humanity has created, including technology. 

-Susan 

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Hardcore   1/30/2011 1:47:18 AM
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I see and understand your point, but mental adaption is one thing, sticking square wheels onto your vehicle just to be fashionable is another matter, computers are here to assist people, not the other way round, once we are on that slippery path it will be difficult to change.

This is one of the major reasons apple has been so sucessful, it is the high level intergration making peoples lives easy that is the source of their success.

Ipod.... music store... I pad... application store, plus the cross-platform integration, related to look and feel, it is consistent across the platforms and into OS X.

If  one 'monitor' solutions were possible and mental adaption was possible to the level we are discussing, then there would be no need for more than one monitor on a computer, there would be no need for stock traders to use upward of six monitors at a time.

 

We have in-fact hit a major bottle neck in both input and output systems, that is limiting a reduction in device size and usability.

The next great innovation will be related to input-output systems, and ultimately it will be  industry changing at a fundamental level.

 

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Susan Fourtané   1/29/2011 4:06:38 AM
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Good point. What about exercising mental adaptation? This is what we need in order to develop the new abilities required to replace the way of using multiple sources (books) you have described.

You can open the same e-book several times in all the different sections/pages you need, it's not hard to "flip" from one section to the other just with a click. You can't do that with a book unless you have several copies of the same book. :)

-Susan 

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Susan Fourtané   1/29/2011 2:52:25 AM
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Texture and fragrance will remain exclusive to books unless or until they develop something like an e-reader/tablet with sensors able to trigger the senses of smell and touch through electromagnetic impulse transforming the information gathered into somatic. Everything the brain knows or reacts to comes to it in only one way: through the senses. <- this is an interesting read by Richard F. Taflinger, PhD. 

Here's the link again   http://www.wsu.edu:8080/~taflinge/mindwork/mawsoma.html  

Suggestion to editors: What about making the links orange colored instead of dark blue? :) 

-Susan 




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Hardcore   1/29/2011 1:02:34 AM
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The biggest problem with E readers is  that they cannont be 'spread out' the same way a number of books can be,   when studying at higher degree level it is often necessary to  utilize multiple sources at the same time, without 'flipping' between pages/ books.

Iv'e spent more than a few nights with a desk full of books all opened at the same time on different pages, working with an e-reader is just too distracting in this sort of environment, since you spend more time managing the material and flipping between sections/ books.

 

I love technology, but we just are not there yet, perhaps in another decade, when we have 'mental' projection , where the material can be projected into our 'visual' area and no longer limited by the  x/y co-ordinates of the interface, then just maybe they will be useful.

 

We are close really close, but just not there yet.

 

 

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Susan Fourtané   1/28/2011 12:52:40 PM
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Difficult to duplicated, indeed. But would there be a reason why an e-reader should duplicate the experience we can have with a book? I believe it's just better to accept the e-reader/tablet as an alternative, a different means of obtaining the same results --or better in the case of the text books Vs. e-books presented here. 

And yes, it was quite an experience. That's why I think books will become romantic, something to experience, something to feel or something through which we would be able to recall memories and feelings. That is the future of books. 

-Susan 

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stochastic excursion   1/28/2011 12:11:22 PM
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Interesting point that a book's appeal goes beyond the visual.  A related point is that in many higher-end magazines, quite a bit of effort goes into getting the texture and fragrance of the pages just right.  Difficult to duplicate this experience with an e-reader.

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Tablets vs. Textbooks: E-Text Use on the Rise
anandvy   1/27/2011 9:13:42 AM
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Barbara nice article, along with the all the advantages of e-text that you explained in your article one more advantage is : "SAVE PAPER". This helps us go green. I think all the colleges should adopt this.

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