Depending on when you grew up, you may have unpleasant memories of lugging a heavy backpack loaded with books to and from school every day. One of the advantages of eBooks is that since they don’t take up any physical space, hundreds of books can be stored on an e-reader like the Amazon Kindle without adding weight. And fewer physical books means fewer opportunities for books to be misplaced or damaged.
Ebooks are also more affordable than paper or hardback books, making them more accessible to readers. Many e-reader programs, such as the Kindle app, are available for free.
Ebooks offer far more interactivity than traditional books. It’s easy to highlight and underline text, take notes, find definitions for words you don’t know, and bookmark pages so you never lose your spot. And support for live, in-text hyperlinks makes it possible to explore information in greater depth.
And thanks to options that adjust reading settings based on the reader’s needs, eBooks can help to enhance students’ reading comprehension. For example, Adobe Acrobat Reader’s Liquid Mode, which uses AI and machine learning to automatically reformat text, images, and tables for easy reading on small screens, has been shown to improve students’ reading speeds by up to 27 words per minute.