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Should We Use Electronics Instead Of Books In School?

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Started: 10/5/2011 Category: Education
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Voting Period
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michelle_garcia

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I Think We Should Use Electronics Instead Of Books In School. With Electronics We Could Have More Of A Variety Of Literature And Topics Or Subjects. We Can Use More Advanced Tools For Experience In The Future.
Nur-Ab-Sal

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Hello, and thank you for this debate. I will be arguing the position that electronics are not better than books in school. I would also like you to clarify the time-frame we are referring to, such as the near future or far future.

Definitions
By electronics I assume you mean eBooks, and by books I assume you mean hard copies of books. Please redefine if you do not agree.

eBook: "a text and image based publication in digital form produced on, published by, and readable on computers or other devices"[1]
Book: "a bound bundle of paper sheets whether hand-written or printed"[2]

Rebuttal
I disagree that with electronics you can have more of a variety of literature and topics. In fact, one of the largest eBook providers in the market,[3] Google Books, addresses this, stating they have no intention to replace hard copy books.[4] Google Books, and others such as Project Gutenberg, digitize books that were already written in hard copy. Although many eBooks are only available online and not in hard copy, the majority are "just converted print books".[5] Basically, eBooks do not provide for a more diverse selection just because they are electronic; rather, it is the authors who decide the topic of their book, as the medium of reading does not affect its subject.

Argument 1: Expense
EBooks are not cheaper than regular books. Amazon sells most eBooks for $9.99. It seems that eBooks should be much cheaper to distribute, since they are just zeroes and ones in cyberspace, but you must also remember that there are other factors, such as marketing.[6] For this reason, I come to the conclusion that eBooks are no better than hard copy books, and we already have hard copy books.

Argument 2: Power
An eBook reader is "a software program that allows a person to read eBooks on different computer platforms including PC, notebook, PA, eBook devices, and smartphones."[7] All computeres require power to run, and will stop working if no energy is given for them to function.[8] If you run out of power on your eBook reader, or if power suddenly stops working in a school, eBooks can no longer be accessed for the remainder of the time that no power is given. Hard copy books, on the other hand, do not need power and can be accessed even if no energy is given.

Argument 3: Environmental
eBooks are often reported to be eco-friendly[9] but studies have shown they are not as green as they are made out to be, and less so than traditional books.[10]

Conclusion
Based on these factors, eBooks are no better than regular books, and schools are better off with traditional books than electronic versions.

==Sources==
1. Zarley, Joel. EBook Publication for Training: A Guide to Creating the Digital Reference. p. 9.
2. Lewisohn, Ludwig. A Modern Book of Criticism. p. 2.
3. Barron, Simon. "Google can't be trusted with our books." http://www.guardian.co.uk...
4. Google, Inc. "What's the Issue?" http://books.google.com...
5. "Where is the e in ebooks?" http://alfabravo.com...;
6. Haff, Gordon. "Why e-books aren't cheaper." http://news.cnet.com...
7. Ziegler, James, et al. The Relationship Between Capacity for Change and Customer Satisfaction in POD-eBook Self-Publishing. p. 27.
8. Picard, Rosalin. Affective Computing. p. 48.
9. Palmer, Brian. "iPads and Kindles are better for the environment than books." http://www.washingtonpost.com...
10. Spence, Nick. 'E-Books Aren't So Green, Study Finds." http://www.pcworld.com...


Debate Round No. 1
michelle_garcia

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michelle_garcia forfeited this round.
Nur-Ab-Sal

Con

Hopefully, you'll stick around for the third round...
Debate Round No. 2
michelle_garcia

Pro

michelle_garcia forfeited this round.
Nur-Ab-Sal

Con

Well, okay then. Thanks for the debate, if you read this.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by Lickdafoot 2 years ago
Lickdafoot
lol! sorry, it was annoying trying to read though... i'm guessing this person is a troll anyway
Posted by F-16_Fighting_Falcon 2 years ago
F-16_Fighting_Falcon
lickdafoot, you are such a meanie! lol, jk
Posted by Lickdafoot 2 years ago
Lickdafoot
Capitals are usually reserved for letters at the beginning of sentences, or in titles, just so you know.
Posted by Marauder 2 years ago
Marauder
how are you defining electronics for this debate
use of kindals in place of books?
computers?
I-pads for every student?
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