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Technologies Review | December 12, 2017

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How Apple Can Revolutionise Learning with Digital Textbooks

Cassy Johnson

The free Apple iBooks2 application promises to bring some big changes to the world of learning. With the firm now allowing text books to be made available for its gadgets it is clear that some people are going to be paying a lot more attention to their studies soon.

Are Books Boring?

If you are a keen reader you probably don’t think that books are boring at all. However, for some people the idea of carrying a conventional paper book around with them or reading one in public is not worth thinking about. These people are far more likely to do some studying if it can be done on a super cool iPhone or iPad, aren’t they? This advance might not go all the way towards making reading hip but it will certainly make sure that there is one less reason for avoiding it. Showing your classmates what you are reading could become a lot more popular once it is done on a smart gadget.

More Convenient

No matter whether you enjoy studying or not, there are certain times when having your digital textbook to hand come really help out. For example, if you are stuck on a train or staying over at a friend’s house. One of the big advantages of having your studying material on your phone or iPad is that you can access it whenever you want no matter where you are. This means that you should find it easy to grab a few minutes worth of studying time which would otherwise have passed you by. Even the daily trip to University or those few minutes while you wait for the class to start could be used to get in a little bit more studying.

More Interactive

Even keen readers of paper books would have to admit that the prospect of videos, glossary flash cards, photos, 3D images, fast searching and note taking all sound great. Perhaps these features will be most welcomed by students who struggle to visualise written information without some help but we could all probably rely on these additions to the text at some point. Learning is usually a lot more fun when we can see the information presented in different ways, and this is sure to be one of the biggest benefits to be gained from digital textbooks, no more lumping heavy textbooks or laptops around. However we should remember that this doesn’t just include children at school between 12 and 16. It encompasses all children from as early as 3 or 4 when they have their parents read them bedtime stories from tablet computers. Children’s bedroom specialists Room To Grow have commented that more and more parents are looking for storage capabilities within bedroom furniture for electrical devices.

Easy to Get Started With

Some of the biggest education publishers around have signed up to the Apple initiative and this means that there are soon going to be a lot of titles available to choose from. When you are looking for something in particular you get a preview of the content, which will let you work out whether it is the right one for you before you buy it. Anyone who has read other types of digital book will find no problems in getting going, while even newcomers should be up and running in no time at all. Reading a digital book is an easy thing to do which can be a lot of fun as well.