Some may say that reading is starting to die off due to the new advances in technology, and a lot of statistics prove more people prefer the movies over the actual book itself. Well it’s safe to say, reading is not going extinct, it is prospering in the digital world. With the latest technology, reading is more efficient, convenient, and affordable. Not only is it more convenient for readers, but also for educational practices.
The positives outweigh the negatives for reading digitally. Technology is only going to improve, predicting it will become more convenient and efficient to read. I believe more and more people will invest in reading devices like Amazon Kindles, saving money and hopefully engaging more people to become readers.
Kindles make reading efficient by being able to store as many books as you want and reading them on your own time. You don’t have to worry about a deadline to get the book back to the library, or carrying a bunch of books around, they are all stored on the lightweight device. The first, most basic Kindle was introduced in 2007. They have progressed throughout the years to the Kindle Fire. The Kindle Fire is like a library, movie store, TV, and laptop all in one. You can do much more than just read a book on one device.
Schools are starting to provide their students with Kindles. At William B. Wade Elementary School in Waldorf they have 12 Kindles and 15 iPad’s. This is much more efficient because the teachers can buy a book for ten dollars and load them on up to eight Kindles. That is around 20 dollars compared to 105 dollars for a set of books for a class. Another benefit to the Kindles in the classrooms is the free online dictionary it provides. However, with reading almost all your books on a Kindle these days, people don’t tend to own tangible books.
The digital world is making college classes more accessible with online courses, textbooks, lectures, etc. Many college students save their money by buying their books online, and it is more convenient for them to read on their phone, laptop or iPad. The digital world is making college possible for students with disabilities who have trouble in a classroom. Before college classes could be taken online, some kids would not even be able to get a degree.