E-books Could Send Third World Countries Back to the Dark Age

By John Malala.

Published by The International Journal of the Book

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Article: Print $US10.00
Published online: April 11, 2014 $US5.00

Electronic publishing is overwhelmingly posited to the rapid deployment of books to customers in a timely fashion, and affordably. The chatter in scholarly environments is now about a technological paradigm shift that has affected the book publishing industry. Companies are coming with ambitious goals of changing the way books are experienced; and at the 8th International Conference on the Book that took place at the University of Sankt Gallen, Switzerland in 2010, executives of publishing houses discussed their plans to digitize their entire warehouses dating back to the 19th century, thus getting rid of all their hard copies. Publishers plan to do away with printed books as they shift to electronic delivery. Devices such as electronic text readers, multifunction smart phones, and notebook computers are being marketed as new ways to carry entire libraries of books ubiquitously.

Keywords: Ebooks, Digital Books, Electronic Book Readers, Tablets, e-Readers, Electronic Books, Books and Literacy

The International Journal of the Book, Volume 11, Issue 2, April 2014, pp.43-55. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: April 11, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 351.033KB)).

Dr. John Malala

Associate Professor of New Media, Radio-TV Division, University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida, USA

Professor John Malala is a scholar and expert in digital communication and new media technologies. A highly esteemed researcher, Dr. Malala is frequently invited to deliver keynote addresses and workshops in various areas at universities around the world. His focus of research has recently been on electronic publishing, virtual learning environments, and community building. Dr. Malala is a full time tenured professor of New Media and Computer-Mediated Communication at the Nicholson School of Communication, University of Central Florida. He received his PhD from the School of Informatics within the department of Electronic Imaging and Media Communication (EIMC)at the University of Broadford. He also has a specialist degree in Computer Science Education from the Florida Institute of Technology.


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