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E‐book technologies in education and India's readiness

Siriginidi Subba Rao (Deputy Director, Head, Information Technology, Central Leather Research Institute, Chennai, India. E‐mail:;

Program: electronic library and information systems

ISSN: 0033-0337

Article publication date: 1 December 2004



This paper provides background information on e‐books, and outlines their implementations, advantages and disadvantages. Details are given of the e‐book technologies of hardware and software with tables comparing the features of various products on the market. The role of e‐books in education in general is outlined. The specific case of India is described in more depth with details of initiatives for utilising e‐books for a national literacy mission. The paper concludes that, at present, viewing technology is a limiting factor but that in future content will become paramount.



Subba Rao, S. (2004), "E‐book technologies in education and India's readiness", Program: electronic library and information systems, Vol. 38 No. 4, pp. 257-267.



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