iPads In Libraries, Benificial Or Not?
It’s undeniable that the iPad is not only popular for personal use, but it’s already used in businesses and institutions. Schools are spending funds to purchase the iTablets so students can take advantage of learning their lessons through it, but are iPads in libraries beneficial or not? There is an ongoing battle of ideas on this issue so it will be up to you to decide.
School officials stated that using the iPads in schools eliminates the cost they spend on textbooks and papers. They can always use eBooks and apps for the iTablet, and the students will have the convenience, and the honour of digesting those.
They also found out that using the iPad in schools brings good motivation to the students, thus improving their learning process. However, this aspect is not yet final since officials are currently monitoring the outcome of the new program.
iPads in libraries, on the other hand, may face many challenges not only so some users who are not familiar with the device, but to libraries since they need to change a lot on their system. We all know that Apple devices are selfish, and the iTablet is not an exception to that.
It does not currently support open platform apps, and libraries would probably find it hard to introduce their contents using the Apple tablet. ePubs that come in non-DRM formats are supported by the iPad, but just think how libraries will incorporate their contents that are on DRM formats.
On the other hand, the popularity of the iPad also motivates content providers to produce contents for the Apple tablet. The demand for the iTablet will definitely make the publishing industry eager to produce contents for the iDevice, hoping that along the ride Apple will somehow leave a drop of its success for them to share.
This can only mean one thing: libraries will have enough content on the iPads in the very near future. Again, the success of this program is still blurry knowing that a lot of things can happen along the way.
In addition, iPads in library can still be very beneficial since Apple launched the iBook store that houses 30,000 non-DRM titles/contents from Project Gutenberg. This is expected to inspire other publishers to release contents that will be compatible with the Apple device.
As of the moment, others are seeing that using a device that is not yet open-source like iPads in libraries is still something that officials and library owners need to ponder.