As the holiday gift giving season approaches, and more and more teens with whom you work will have access to e-reading devices, whether it be an iPad, iPhone, Droid device, or a dedicated e-reader such as the Nook, it’s important to become familiar with what to look for in an e-reading app. That way you can make good suggestions to teens and the adults in their lives about what to use for their e-reading experiences. Of course, not all e-reading apps work with books that can be downloaded from the library. However, as you connect teens with materials that might not come from the library, you will want to be able to help them assess what apps best meet their specific purpose and needs.
Many e-reading apps include features that allow for taking notes and highlighting of text. The screencast below shows you a bit of how that works using the Kindle app.(Which is available for a wide-variety of devices.)
There are also apps that allow for social reading. What’s a social reading app do? It makes it possible for those reading a book to exchanges notes, comments, highlights, and more from inside the ebook. You can see how that works in the screencast below that highlights how to use the Subtext app. (Subtext is an iPad only app.)
Along with the Kindle and Subtext apps other apps mentioned in the screencasts are:
You can show teens different apps and ask them to think about what they would like to be able to do when reading on a device. Since it all might be new to the teens with whom you work, you probably need to give them a chance to try things out and get some experience before they can give answers that are based on their real needs and desires. But, go ahead, get the conversation going. And, make sure to investigate app features yourself.
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