Say goodbye to Marion

My haven is in danger. The physical book, according to Nicolas Negroponte at a Techonomy conference is dead.  Digital books will be replacing paper books just like film was replaced by the camera chip and vinyl albums were replaced by cds then again converted to .wma and mp3.

If that happens, then my havens … libraries and bookstores will be a thing of the past. Books will be created and downloaded instead of stacked on shelves. As people listen to music on the go, books will also become more mobile. Readers will not be tied to a time and place to locate and purchase a book. Nor will they be sent in the mail through Amazon or other online stores.

Having digital books will be better for students who have laptops and can download the required texts. Teachers can select certain chapters from several books and create their own specialized textbook using data from several different authors.  Digital books will be more affordable and can be accessed from anywhere there is a connection.

Marion the librarian will soon be replaced by a server.   Change is in the air ..

The physical book is dead in 5 years … Free Online Books

At Flatworldknowledge

You can get online peer-reviewed books for free. They can be also be purchased in softcover, audio, and self-print versions. They are open-source so you can modify them to fit your course.  Faculty receives great books and control over their content.  THEY get to decide when to move to a new version, not the publisher and the student wins.

Check to see if your university is listed (there are 100’s of them here!) and then sort alphabetically by school name and use the alpha links to jump to your school.


Build a Book Online

Here is another great blog I read that links you to an amazing tool where you can build your own book.

This could be a class project, an indiviual assignment, a gift, a dream goal.  Take a look at this site and if you think of other possibilites, let me know.

Here is another example of free technology that can be used as a teaching tool!

Check it out at Stepping Stones: Building a Book Online

Thanks so much!