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Already electronic books are appearing on Internet, available by downloading or to be read directly on-line, or on Compact Disks. CD versions of encyclopedia and research material have been around almost as long as CD-ROM drive. The National Geographic magazine has put its entire collection - back to year 1901 - on CD and markets it through computer stores.
Much informational content is now being distributed exclusively in electronic form.
Computers are as ubiquitous as television and radio sets. They're being given away free with subscriptions to Internet services, much as cellular phones are given to customers who will sign up for a year's service.
Books on tape have been available for many years, but they were not readily accepted when they were new. Part of resistance was due to a reluctance to change established habit. But at one time, even printed books were a rarity. People were used to being TOLD stories, and few could read. Of course that changed over time.
Then those who read books avoided books on tape because they viewed it as a step backward. Many felt a loss of intimacy with printed word that they could read at their own pace and that allowed them to paint their own "mind-pictures" of activity being described.
Then came movies based on books, and screen-writer's interpretation of author's words don't always agree with those of viewer who has "read book."
With E-Books one still can read. If he wants, he can have printed word to read from.
But just as e-mail has supplanted written correspondence to a great degree, gaining knowledge by reading from computer screen has become commonplace.
Some have said that nothing can take place of sitting in a chair and reading a book to a child.They're absolutely right. But truth is that computer already has become learning center in millions of homes. Adding E-Books to one's educational toolbox can only enrich lives and enjoyment of families everywhere.
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