eBooks and eBook Readers

From Term 1 2017, Victorian government and Catholic schools will use the new Victorian Curriculum F-10. Curriculum related information is currently being reviewed and may be subject to change.

For more information on the curriculum, see:
The Victorian Curriculum F–10 - VCAA

What is it?

An e-book is an electronic version of a book that can be downloaded to a computer or mobile device and read using a software program or a dedicated e-book device called an e-book reader. 

The main advantages of e-book readers are portability, readability of their screens in bright sunlight, and long battery-life. e-book readers contain electronic ink displays and are currently good at doing one thing, storing and displaying monochrome text and simple graphics.

The low power consumption of e-book readers allows for several days use with the wireless turned on, and up to two weeks with the wireless feature turned off, before recharging is necessary.

Electronic ink is a type of electronic paper that is processed into a film for integration into electronic displays. Electronic ink provides for high clarity and contrast of text.

iPads and similar devices, such as Android tablets, are increasingly used as eReaders for eTextbooks, as well as fiction and graphic novels.

What does it look like?

Image of a Sony ebook reader