Electronic textbook (e-textbook), which refers toa book converted to a digital version, has gained awareness due to the progressof technology. According to Prensky (2001), he describes 21-century people areviewingtechnology is a natural factor. It is convenient for the teenager to use an electronicgadget browsing the net, communication and search the information for academic use. However,there is a statistic indicates that 92% of students are chosen to use the printed textbookrather than the electronic textbook (Derla, 2016). This essayaims to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the electronic textbook interm of academic, environmental and health aspects. Firstly, more people willing to invest money in purchase the electronictextbook for their academic usage. An e-textbook can transformthe picture intoa dynamicwaythatcan attract children to read it.
For example, it will provide the read-it-outfunction to pronounce the word for you. Moreover, an e-textbook can let yousearch the information, copy and paste the word and translate the word that youdo not understand. However, there is a disadvantage of the e-textbook. If thestudent gets used to using the e-textbook for typing the notes, they willdifficult to remember the spelling of the words. It is analyses thathandwriting can stimulate the brain memorization system (National Pen OfficialBlog, 2016). Handwriting can allow us familiar with the words and also create ourwriting style. So we should practice handwriting while using the e-textbook.Apart from academic aspect, we can talk about environment aspect.
Furthermore, increasing number of school allows the student to bring theire-textbook instead of buying the paper book as they think an e-textbook canhelp to reduce the paper usage (European Week, 2011). Informationkeeps change and bookseller keep update the versionthat will force the student to buy new textbook every year. The old textbookcannot recycleresulting in wastage of paper which will also lead to air, water and land pollution(Kozlowski, 2017). It is not efficient to our Earth when peopleare using the traditional textbook, whereas an e-textbook can be a considerablesolution for people. An e-textbook can update and edit information easily.
Moreover, it can also save the postage and package cost. However, some peoplemay think that using an e-textbook will consume more electronic wastage. Buta study states that it will counterbalance the carbon emissions as long as onegadget’s user read 22.5 books on average (Ritch, 2009, cited inKozlowski, 2017).
It seems that we can save the Earth with makingthe efforts. Besides on environmental factor, we are going to discuss the health factor. Thegovernment encouraged the teenager to utilize an e-textbook in the class. As theythink aheavy school bag will damage adolescents ‘growth (South China Morning Post,2013).
A portable electronic gadget can store approximately a hundred or even athousand of e-textbooks. It will decrease the weight of student backpack aslong as they just bring a device with their water bottles or sports shoes fortheir PE class. However, there is a drawback of an e-textbook to the health issue.
Adolescent using the electronic gadget for a long time will cause tire and dryeyes affected by the blue light of the screen (Molecular Vision, 2016). Even ifa teenager having class, they will use the electronic textbook. Even if ateenager is playing the phone in their leisure time, they will use electronicgadget. They will not control themselves to stop playing device unless parentstell them to stop. So parents can help to educate the use of e-textbook in aright way.
In conclusion, electronic textbook and traditional textbook are also owningtheir benefits and drawbacks. None of them can be a substitution for eachother. For me, I would prefer using the printed book. I enjoy the smell of inkwhen I am opening the book. I think almost all bookworms will enjoy collecting the books you had read and decorated the book-shelveslook like a small library.