What is it?

E-readers are devices that the user can read and/or download e-books.  There are a number of different e-reader devices like the Amazon Kindle, Sony Reader or the Barnes and Noble Nook.  Most of these devices use a technology called digital or electronic ink, making them more easily read in sunlight.  They generally have long battery life depending on how much the device is used and how many texts are downloaded to the device in a given period.

Key Features
  • Single portable device that can hold many texts
  • Long battery life
  • Content can be downloaded directly to the device (depending on the device)
How does it work?

After purchasing the reading device the user can download e-books through a computer or via wireless, depending on the device.  Navigation through the text can be done with simple button clicks.  The reader should track where the user stops reading and begin in the same place.

Things to consider
  • An e-reader is not an efficient research or reference tool.  An e-reader allows the user to do just that, read a selection of text.
  • The Kindle does not have expandable memory.  It will hold roughly 1500 titles, so this isn’t a huge issue, but this could be an issue for some users.
  • The Kindle has limited organization capability.  Books cannot be organized into folders.
Uses as an Instructional Technology

The e-readers are limited at this time as an instructi0nal technology due to: an expensive price tag, lack of durability compared to books, the readers cannot at this point support research.

E-readers could serve in a reading-intensive literature class.

Resources at Wooster

If you have questions about e-readers in general or in particular feel free to contact your Instructional Technology liaison. If you would like to view and/or try an Amazon Kindle, Instructional Technology has one that can be loaned out.  If you would like further information you can investigate ELI’s 7 Things You Should Know About E-Readers.