E-Books are Not Evil

“What you resist, persists.”—Carl Jung

I work as the librarian at the Logan campus of Stevens-Henager College. Since the campus is small, I also manage the textbooks. Logan campus students may take one or a few courses online, and I hear complaints each module about the e-Textbooks. Students say the pages are tough to manipulate, take too long to scroll, or are difficult to read on a screen.

But most of those issues come from unfamiliarity with the e-book format. Once you learn how to navigate an e-book, you’ll find that they have many amazing features. Pages can look identical to the print textbook, along with the same pagination. Easy navigation is e-books at Stevens-Henager College provided with a linked Table of Contents. Users can both take notes and highlight text right inside the book, and individual pages may be printed. The book can be read almost anywhere: online or on your mobile phone or e-reader.

Plus searches can be performed within the entire text, in a chapter, or on a page. My undergraduate degree is in English. I spent many hours manually finding passages to provide evidence of what I discovered with each assignment. I often think about the time it would have saved me to have digitized searchable text.

E-books also cost less and take less space. They weigh less, consume no paper, and produce no waste. They are good for the environment.

E-books should not be feared; they are amazing gifts from our digital reality. The world is at our fingertips. I used to carry scriptures and lesson manuals with me to church each Sunday. Now all I need is accessed through my phone in seconds. My lesson manuals have hyperlink references. I also sing the songs from the church’s hymnbook downloaded to my phone.

I like options. I like convenience. E-books provide me with both.

Author Bio
Puanani M. Mateaki began working as the Librarian at the Logan campus of Stevens-Henager College at the end of May, 2010. Before this she worked for Salt Lake County’s Public Library System as a substitute Librarian. She started this position in 2007 while still a student at Emporia State University’s Salt Lake City cohort. In May 2008 she graduated with her MLS (Master of Library Science). Last year Mateaki decided to get an MBA (Master of Business Administration) through Stevens-Henager College Online where she has used E-books almost exclusively. She finishes her last class in April when she will have 2 months to complete her thesis and program.

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  • http://www.techendeavour.com/Mobile_Application_Development Mobile Application Development

    E-books are a treat on tablets. The Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablet gives you the best user experience while you are reading a e-book.
    The tablets are the most sort after devices for the e-book downloading and reading when on the move. When one discovers how easy and non bulky these digital contents are, believe me these e-books will be adored and will get more preferable than traditional paper books.

  • http://www.facebook.com/chris.polk1 Chris Polk

    The Mcgraw Hill E-Books are evil. I am incredibly disappointed with those E-books. They are extremely hard to read, navigation is arduous and clumsy, and the search is incredibly ineffective. I would like to know how to re-size the viewing field to a readable size? how can you ACTUALLY full screen text? The text displayed is in a window the size of a jewel CD case. Ebooks are amazing in PDF formats, but the proprietary McGrah Hill books are seriously the only thing that disappoints me with this college, and I feel cheated by not being able to easily read course materials. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/chris.polk1 Chris Polk

    “most of those issues come from unfamiliarity with the e-book format.”

    I also find some of your statements condescending. I have been reading Ebooks since the implementation of PDF format, and .txt files before that. You should give your readers solutions instead of impressing us with your mastery of implementing such sparse and unproductive proprietary E-reading software.    

  • http://www.facebook.com/zuly85 Zulma Farnworth

    I remember dreading the e-books, but now that i have used for about 3 mods i have come to like them better then the regular books. They have their advantages, but it also comes down to knowing how to use them.

  • http://www.facebook.com/chris.polk1 Chris Polk

    Enlighten me. How can you make the mhlearningsolutions E books easy to read?

  • LolaJohnson

    Gone are the days of carrying volumes and volumes of books to classes. If e-books are evil, then they are the necessary kind.

Disclaimer: Any opinions expressed here, except as specifically noted, are those of the individual authors or commenter’s and do not represent the views or policies of Stevens-Henager College.