Three students from the Clonmel campus of the Limerick Institute of Technology travelled to Dublin recently to interview publisher and blogger Eoin Purcell.
Students asked Eoin, “From a reader’s perspective, would you recommend the Amazon Kindle?” The answer was a resounding yes. Electronic publishing is a growing technology and LIT students are learning to develop content for this new device.
Among trade publications, e-publications now represent 12% of the market. There is so much growth in this space that the book retail industry is going to struggle. Students in LIT’s Higher Certificate Business and Office Management course can see this first hand while studying Desktop Publishing in Clonmel. Electronic publishing enables a reader to read and purchase books electronically through various devices, such as mobile phones, Amazon Kindles or Apple iBooks. Users can read newspapers or magazines or books on the New York’s Best Seller List and they will be delivered to your device in a number of seconds.
Amazon’s Kindle, on sale locally in several shops, offers free classic books which encourages readers to get an idea of an e book before purchasing one.
For those that are cautious with technology the Kindle offers easy accessibility and varying sizes of font that is displayed for the poor sighted. Kindle owners have discovered that they can read a wide selection of items, including articles from current newspapers and archived stories from long ago. You can fit up to 3,500 books on most Kindles and take it on holiday without recharging it for weeks.
The Kindle was launched in Ireland in 2007. It is available from Amazon online or in Tesco shops. The touchscreen Kindle is E115 in Tesco and with a wider variety of choices from PC World.