consumption _opportunities_social

Key social issues

  • Share notes with friends,  colleagues, lecturer


Share notes with friends, colleagues and lecturers

From: JISC TechWatch: Preparing for Effective Adoption and Use of Ebooks in Education. November 2012.
[page 32]
Users of traditional printed books often bookmark pages and make annotations in the margins, in order to help them make sense of the text or for their future reference. Most modern ebook readers and applications support this functionality. Users are able to bookmark particular pages or add notes linked to a word, sentence or paragraph. One of the major differences between printed books and ebooks is the ability of users to share their notes and annotations with others. Users may share with other individuals, with groups, or even make their notes and annotations public. This form of sharing has implications for how learners use books to support their study. In the past, sharing notes would have been rare and restricted to the learner’s immediate peer group. With ebooks, learners can share and access notes from other learners on their course or at other institutions. They can also access notes and annotations made by learners in previous years. This will change how students approach reading recommended texts and could alter their viewpoint because of the bookmarks, notes and annotations they can view as they read the ebook.

From: An Inkling of the Future? Enhanced Ebooks and the College Textbook Market. By Yvette M. Chin. Digital Book World March 31, 2011

there’s also a social dimension to Inkling’s iPad app. Readers can write notes “in the margins” that can be shared to other students, inspiring discussion and interaction between students that might otherwise be engaged in solitary reading of the course material. Professors can also “enhance” the material by providing their own notes to share with students.