Read, the Digital Way
On top of the dozens of e-book viewers on the market, there’s a slew of e-book programs for reading on a notebook or desktop PC that are all basically the same. Rather than aiming it at publishers and readers of general fiction and nonfiction works, Follett Digital Resources is taking a different tack with its education-friendly e-book reader. The application will address some of the needs of schools and libraries that aren’t being addressed by existing e-book software. On top of the choice of viewing the book one or two pages at a time, Follett’s e-book reader can zoom in and out of text and has a handy search bar. On top of annotating or highlighting any part of the work, a student or teacher can print selections, and teachers can add bookmarks to highlight sections for students. It will be available as a free download starting on February 9, and Follett’s extensive library of digital materials should be converted to its format by mid-March.