Highlights of 2016 : Give way to digitalization!
Germany is well-known for it’s pioneering role in the field of technology. What’s new is that it’s looking to use it’s technological resources and ability to revolutionize the field of education. The education minister of Germany Johanna Wanka wants to strengthen the role of technology in education and invest 5 billion euro in this particular field. Furthermore publishing biggies like Cornelesen and Brockhaus have also acknowledged the change in trends and are directing their resources towards creating digital content to make children learn better.
The German Law on fixed book which came to power on 11.September,2016, will also regulate the prices of E-books ( excluding the self-publishing titles).E-books from major publishing houses are available on Skoobe (E-books spelled backwards!) on a flat rate (Pay a flat rate and enjoy limitless access to E-books for the entire month. How cool is that!) . To add to the excitement, epub extension developers IDPF (International Digital Publishing Forum) and the World Wide Web Consortium are coming together to merge the web technology and the E-book technology.
Although some remain sceptic towards the digitalization of education, claiming that nothing can replace the traditional methods of learning like the classic teacher-student dynamic and learning through paperback books (after all the computer has no IQ) but the publishing houses are busy adapting the new methods and techniques in writing. With Amazon and Tolino-Allianz leading the way, Aldi recently included an E-book catalogue in its online services.
All said and done one cannot completely do away with printed books. Even with introduction of virtual reality, e-books, smartboards etc. , the sale of printed books is holding its court. Well, the present seems sorted….let’s see what the future brings!