If you are considering investing in an e-reader, but you’re not entirely convinced of whether this is a good idea or not, then you need to read this.
Lifewire highlights some of the key pros and cons of making the jump from books to e-books and how the decision to go digital benefits you and your kids.
No more untimely book deaths
Kids are tough on stuff and their favourite things really seem to take a beating. This holds true for books as well as toys. There’s a good chance you can pick out any child’s favourite book just by looking for the one with the battered cover and half the pages dog eared or torn out. One of the key advantages of e-books is that they are virtually indestructible. Thanks to back-ups and cloud storage options, once you buy an e-book, it takes a considerable amount of effort to delete that book in a manner that is irrecoverable. Sure, the e-book reader itself is vulnerable, but you can buy protective cases that minimize the risk. Short of laminating every page, there is no equivalent with traditional printed books.
Many e-readers include a handy dictionary feature. This is a great option for kids. When they encounter a word they are not sure about, it is quick and simple to select the word and call up its definition.
Go ahead, write on the pages
We all know that kids like to write on their books. While you cannot really replicate the experience of scribbling on a page with a crayon, most current e-readers do have options for writing on a page through the device’s keyboard. This is especially handy for school assignments and allows students to make notes in the virtual page margins without actually disfiguring the book.
No more lost library books
As parents, the library is a great source for kids’ books without having to buy them. The downside is that desperate scramble after two weeks. Where did the library books go? Are they under the bed, in the closet, at a friend’s house or maybe sitting on a chair in the back yard (being soaked by rain)? With an e-reader, you can borrow kids’ books from most libraries. The selection is not as good as the traditional collection, but it is increasing as e-readers gain popularity. The best part is that when your child borrows an e-book, it “returns” itself; the e-book simply deletes from their e-book reader when the borrowing period is over. No more searching for the books, carting them to the drop-off or trudging in to pay a late fine.
No fights over the favourite book
Any parent with more than one child knows what can happen when a new book arrives, particularly if it is a hot title. Fights over whose turn it is to read the book. There is no need to relive the Harry Potter battles with every new series. When you buy an e-book, most e-readers allow you to share the titles among multiple devices. So, one copy of an e-book is accessible simultaneously to multiple children, each on his or her e-reader.
A library wherever you go
Whether embarking on a long drive or going on a vacation, part of the parental ritual is bringing along something to entertain the kids. This may take the form of bags of books (because we all know, kids like choice and one book is not going to cut it), which takes up space, adds to clutter and represents additional opportunities to accidentally leave something behind when it is time to come home. A child with access to an e-reader can be carrying hundreds of books in their hand. One object to keep track of, one object to cart around and a lot less clutter in the car.
No more cooties from the waiting room books
Parents who spend time in waiting rooms with their kids – at the dentist, doctor, hospital or even a car dealership- inherently recognise that the tattered books provided to keep the kids busy have been handled by hundreds or thousands of grubby hands. Like the toys in the area, they are probably crawling with germs.
Bringing an e-reader lets you load up with books to keep your child occupied without inviting a virus. And, unlike bringing your own paper books to read, it is easy to wipe off an e-reader afterward if you want to disinfect it.
Better than video games
Kids like to play with gadgets. Electronics are hip and many of today’s children practically grew up with a portable game console. An e-reader helps to satisfy that gadget lust and lets parents feel a little better about doing so, since reading is generally considered to be a preferred activity (at least by many parents) to playing video games.
Cheaper than an iPod
If your child wants to sling a gadget, generally speaking, an e-reader is cheaper than most iPod models. A starter Kindle currently goes for $79.99, for example. It may not play games, but most e-readers will play MP3s if they need something to play music. As an added bonus, parents do not have to worry about recharging batteries every day or two, since e-readers will go for weeks on a charge.
Peer pressure can extend all the way to reading material. With no book cover to advertise what they are reading, a child with an e-reader can read whatever books they wish without anyone being the wiser.
An active cell refers to the currently selected cell in a spreadsheet. It can be identified by a bold (typically blue) outline that surrounds the cell. The standard way to reference the location of an active cell is with a column/row combination, such as A2 (first column, second row) or B5 (second column, fifth row).
According to Tech Terms, whenever you click on a specific cell within a spreadsheet, it becomes the active cell. Once a cell is selected, you can enter values or a function into the cell. Most spreadsheet programmes will display the value of the active cell both inside the cell itself and within a long text field in the spreadsheet toolbar. The text field is helpful for viewing or modifying functions and for editing long text strings that do not fit in the active cell.
Most spreadsheet applications allow you to define a specific data type for individual cells. Therefore, you can use the cell formatting option in the toolbar or select Format Cells… from the menu bar to choose the data type for the active cell. For example, if the active cell contains the price of an item, you may want to select “Currency” as the data type. You can also format the appearance of an active cell by selecting the font, text color, background color, and text styles.
In most cases, a spreadsheet only has one active cell at a time. However, it is possible to select multiple cells by dragging the cursor over a group of cells. In this case, all of the selected cells may be considered active cells. If you change the cell formatting options while multiple cells are selected, the changes will affect all of the active cells.
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