Libraries have been my saving grace for such a long time. And I mean that in all entities—from public to private libraries. I worked at the school libraries during my study periods for almost five years. I met such wonderful, dedicated librarians at my school, and got the inside scoop on some fantastic books. When I was asked asked by MyVoucherCodes to help celebrate School Library Month, I knew I wanted to help; I am here today to write about the importance of eBooks.
While it hasn’t been so long since I was in school, I can tell you that very few people even thought about electronic books. While there’s a smell and sensory memory associated with tangible library books, eBooks are going to help change the world!
Learning to read is an important phase of growing up. It is the one skill that, when honed, can set you apart for an amazing life ahead of you. We now have the technology wherein ebooks help young readers with new word definitions, as well as help to pronounce those new words. Now we no longer have to sit in a classroom, everyone reading the same, boring book and asking the one teacher twenty different questions from twenty different students. Students can interact with the eBooks on their own terms, so those who want a more tactile experience can learn by pressing on words they need more help with.
Once you discover the magic of reading, it is easy to go a little overboard. eBooks take the physical volume of books and reduce them drastically. Forget the ever-growing backpack volume that is very unhealthy. Having reading books and textbooks on the syllabus can insure backpacks stay within a reasonable weight, thanks to eBooks only weighing what the device weighs.
The best case for eBook usage is sustainability. eBooks allow for an opportunity to reduce our carbon footprint by mass producing books without the usage of paper from trees. And, when mistakes are made in an eBook, it is a matter of fixing the change electronically, and then connecting the device to either a wireless or wired network for the update—forget outdated, or incorrect information being passed onto children reading ‘factual’ information. An error in a textbook can be extremely costly for a company, and sometimes will not be changed until the next volume in one to two years.
While I never advocate any form of printed material ‘going away,’ I think that using eBooks in the classroom and School library are a great match. And you, too, can participate. For more information about the MyVoucherCodes School Library Month campaign, please visit the official International Association of School Librarianships website, as well as the page where MyVoucherCodes lists the Amazon eBook information.