Digital book readers are revolutionizing the way that we read and one of the sectors where they are expected to be of most use is education. They present multiple advantages: lower cost and less space, in addition to the multiple digital tools that can be integrated to improve the reading and learning experience.
In Chile, two universities have already incorporated this technology and made it available to their students and teachers. One of them is Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez (UAI), an institution that has become a pioneer with this initiative to offer its students books in electronic format via its Virtual Library.
To do this, the UAI signed a strategic alliance with Pearson Education, one of the largest educational textbook suppliers in the world, and the Mexican company Librisite, which provides a digital content distribution platform. This allows students to make the corresponding downloads online.
“This is a strategic alliance with the UAI, the first university in Chile to work with Pearson on mandatory textbooks in Spanish. While we had already worked with some Latin American universities, UAI is the first university in Chile to dare to take this great step,” Isabel Carranza, Pearson Chile product manager, affirmed at the launch of the Virtual Library.
The Universidad Católica de Valparaíso (PUCV) is another example, making Amazon’sKindle book reader available to the institution’s academics to facilitate their access to English texts and to familiarize them with new technologies.
The program is aimed at promoting the use of this new technology, in addition to considerably increasing the number of books available, as each professor who requests one of these devices must then hand it in with an additional text that they have acquired.