E-texts, E-books: Are We at a Tipping Point?

Name:  E-Texts, E-Books:  Are We at a Tipping Point?

Time & Date: Thursday, October 28, 2010 4:30PM – 6:00PM

Location: Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, Lillooet Room (3rd Floor), 1961 East Mall


Dr. Teresa Dobson, Associate Professor and Director of the Digital Literacy Centre, Dept. of Language and Literacy Education, UBC

Jeff Miller, Senior Manager of Distance Learning at the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology, UBC


The technology of the book has already seen a number of transitions in its long history: from clay to wax to papyrus to vellum to cloth to paper, stored as tablets or scrolls or folios or books, bound in horn or leather or cloth or paper. With each metamorphosis, the role of the librarian has changed – from scribe to guard to copyist to archivist to elector to teacher.” (2004, Johnson).

 In this session, the presenters will explore the concept of the book in a digital world. Are e-texts and the act of e-book reading fundamentally different than reading print? In what ways does digital literature provoke and stir the imaginations of children and youth? Or, is the emergence of e-books and multi-modal literature simply dumbing down our youth and resulting in superfluous knowing without real understanding? Join us to speculate on the ways evolution of e-texts will impact our schools, libraries and families.

 This is a FREE event open to faculty, staff, students and the general public.

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