Food for thought
Two articles caught my eye during the past week. I’d like to share them with you.
1. An Australian school has dumped iPads and electronic media and returned to printed-page, physical textbooks for its students.
For the past five years, Reddam House’s primary and junior high school classes have used e-textbooks on iPads. But the consistent feedback from the students has been that they preferred pages to screens.
Teachers also found the iPads were distracting and did not contribute to students’ technology skills, prompting the school to announce that students should no longer use digital textbooks, and must revert to hard-copy versions instead.
“We hadn’t completely gone away from hard copy,” said principal Dave Pitcairn. “We kept year 11 and 12 hard copy. When [students] got to year 11, and now had the comparison between digital and hard copy, they preferred the hard copy.
“The ease of navigation through the textbook was easier with the hard copy. I believe they learn better the more faculties they use, the more senses they use in research and reading and making notes.”
“[Students] could have messages popping up and all sorts of other alerts,” said Mr Pitcairn. “Also, kids being kids, they could jump between screens quite easily, so would look awfully busy and not be busy at all.”
There’s more at the link.
I found it interesting that ease of navigation was better with paper books than with e-books. I find that if I know a book well, flipping back and forth through pages and chapters is straightforward; but if I’m new to it, it’s easier to use the search function of an e-reader to find something I’m looking for. Perhaps that’s not necessarily true for textbooks (a genre I no longer use much, if at all).
2. How to set up and use your Author Page on Amazon.com.
Written Word Media has a useful guide on how to do this. I’m always surprised to find how many promising independent authors on Amazon haven’t bothered to set up their author page, or don’t keep it up-to-date. It can be your readers’ (and potential readers’) window onto your world, if it’s done right.
Putting yourself in a reader’s shoes makes it easy to see why a quality author page is vital. A page that gives the reader lots of information builds credibility. If a reader is on the fence about buying a book, they might click through to an author page to see if the author is “legit.” While this may not be the best way to determine the quality of a book, it’s the tool the reader has, so they use it. Read our guidelines below to see what information you can put on your page to build it out.
Again, more at the link. Recommended reading.