- eBooks are another way to integrate information and communication technologies into current literacy programs, something Alberta Education requires across the curriculum.
- Readers have more choice to customize settings to meet their individual needs.
- The text sizes can be adjusted, and sometimes the text can be rearranged and manipulated, which can add extra personal meaning for the reader.
- With the use of hyperlinks in some eBooks, students can be given more choice as to the outcome of their story, which can make the story more interactive than a traditional book.
- For research purposes, many eBooks allow readers to search for keywords or phrases within a title.
- Many eBooks have a text-to-speech feature, which allow the reader to listen to an audio version of the text, including automatic highlighting of the text as the audio version progresses.
- A built-in dictionary in many eBooks means students can quickly check on meanings of words, check pronunciation, "chunk" the words so they can be read more easily, etc.
- Many eBooks have a "notes" feature, so students can add their thoughts and ideas as they read the text online. This may assist the reader with understanding the story, adding personal meaning and questioning.
- In our technologically savvy society, eBooks give a new "look" to books. The technological format can be a motivator for otherwise reluctant readers.
- Some eBooks are animated versions of the original, adding another dimension to the print version.
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Larson, L.C. (2010). Digital readers: the next chapter in e-book reading and response. Reading Teacher, 64(1), 15-22. Retrieved from EBSCOhost.
by Bill Glaister, Faculty of Education Curriculum Lab Coordinator, 2013