Saturday, February 19, 2011

Technology & Spelling

As someone who corrects essays all the time, I need to say this: the words their, they're, and there are not the same. People who just type and hope that the computer will catch their errors are so wrong! The computer's spell check tool will identify those words that are not in the word processor's dictionary. It will, unfortunately for people who can't spell, not fix those errors that involve words that exist. The same goes for to, too, and two. If I'm getting essays from college students - and professors - whose writing reflects they don't know the difference between "their" and "they're," or "to" and "too," then I can say something is very wrong with the education system of this country!
Oh! Here's another one: then and than.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

E-Books & Popularity

Each year, toward the end of the year, many people exchange gifts. In 2010, many people bought e-book readers for their children, sisters, brothers, wives, husbands, parents, and even grandparents. Many of my students are among those who received these wonderful presents. They say that since they have gotten their Nook or Kindle, they have read a lot of books, a lot more than before, at least. After talking to some people about this and reading reviews about e-book readers online, I noticed that these devices have a huge number of fans.

I, Miss Technology, am not one of those people who tests a high-tech device as soon as it comes out. No, I wait. I wait until it becomes very popular; I wait until fans rave about it; I wait until all of my friends get it. Then I wait some more until it becomes indispensable. Finally, by the time I get it, it's old news, and EVERYBODY has it!

I'm a big fan of reading, so this might be a good device for me; on the other hand, I like the feel of paper; on the other hand, it can be very convenient for traveling; on the other hand, I can't read a book - unless it's fiction - without making little marks and comments in it; on the other hand, the price of e-books is a lot less than regular books; on the other hand, some titles may not be easily obtainable; on the other hand, there is no need for light to read an e-book...

E-books may have a lot of pros and cons, but there is no doubt they are becoming more and more popular. In fact, Newsweek reports, "The transformation of the book industry has reached a tipping point. 'Electronic books now outsell paperbacks on Amazon,' the retailer recently announced."

So, what's next?