The Digital Reader: Using E-Books in K-12 Education

The Digital Reader: Using E-Books in K-12 Education

The Digital Reader: Using E-Books in K-12 Education

The Digital Reader: Using E-Books in K-12 Education

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A book is a book is a book. However, we have reached a time in technology development when it is becoming harder to recognize a "book" right away. Recently while presenting a professional development session to a group of media specialists at a state reading conference, 1 asked them to define the word book. Most answers focused on an item made of a number of pages (made of paper) with words on them. When I showed them a book on tape, I asked whether it was a book. They all agreed that it was, so 1 showed them a child's CD storybook, Arthur's Teacher Trouble, and asked whether it was a book. Again, they agreed that it was. So then I showed my handheld computer running a program and put forth the same question. They weren't sure. I looked up book in several dictionaries and found the following definitions.

American Heritage Dictionary (online)

Book: NOUN 1. Set of written, printed, or blank pages fastened along one side
and encased between protective covers. 2a. A printed or written literary work.
(Houghton Mifflin, 2000)

Encarta Pocket English Dictionary

Book (n) 1. Bound collection of pages. 2. Published work. 3. Bound set of blank
pages. 4. Set of things bound together. 5. Division of literary work. 6. Set of rules.
7. Bookmaker's record. 8. Script or libretto. 9. Number of tricks needed in scoring.
10. Imaginary record. 11. Record about sports opponents. (Rooney, 2003) . . .

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