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Moving From Paper to E-Book Reading

By Joan Vinall-Cox / March 2012

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  • Thu, 17 Jan 2013
    Post by Pat Fischer

    There are two current problems with e-books.

    Reading is an extension to life and it is most important for healthy living. With 10,000 people turning 60 every day, we must remember, it is the older generation that was raised reading print on paper that e-books effect the most. Can they (60 and older) all learn to read e-books? If they can read print now, have the money, and given an opportunity and some training the answer is yes. But this is the first problem happening today. Those with the access to technology will read e-books, and those with no access, will be left with print on paper, and that market gets smaller.

    I was working with a client last week and she has low vision and finds a tablet works great for her to read books. She takes a PDF copy of the book which allows her to make the font large enough to read. She loved that she could read her books anytime, anywhere, except for when the book is not available in PDF. How do persons with disabilities get access to the books in the proper format for them to read? As the owner of a book, you have the legal rights to make one copy of a book to accommodate your needs. See U.S. copyright law, known as the Chafee Amendment (17 U.S.C. § 121). That takes time and money and there is the second problem.

  • Sun, 03 Jun 2012
    Post by Les Hayden

    The new electronic publishing is also radically changing what is available for us to read. In some ways that is great. New, unknown authors have opportunities that we've never witnessed before. However, I'm afraid the overall quality is decreasing as most of those works are poorly edited.

  • Fri, 13 Apr 2012
    Post by daja57

    There is anecdotal evidence that eBooks such as the Kindle help people with dyslexia to read better. I am currently carrying out research into this and I would be interested in hearing from adults with dyslexia. My email in [email protected]

  • Sat, 10 Mar 2012
    Post by morar

    My 95 year old dad has just finished reading his first book on kindle. I think he would agree with everything you have said, Joan, except he would add that it is nice not to have to hold a large heavy book!