Digitize Books—Making Sense of It All
Welcome to Digitize Books. This site will share all you need to know about digitizing your books and help them live longer. It aims to help you understand:
- the history behind the current drive to digitize books;
- why it is important to digitize books;
- how to digitize your books;
- how you could work with digital products and processes;
- in what ways you could think digitally, or
- the different ways you could take part in digital transformation and digital integration.
Most of us are not specialists in the digital world. So, we have a clear need to make sense of such changes in our lives. Digitize Books hopes to be of help in this.
The Larger Aim of Digitize Books
The posts will at first cover all parts of the digitizing process and its various aspects. However, digitization is a part of digital transformation and digital integration. So, as time passes, the posts will include digital products, digital processes and thinking digitally. In other words, they will describe:
- digital products related to content creation and distribution;
- digital processes that improve our ability to use content better; and
- the different ways to work more efficiently and enjoyably.
Long-Term Benefits From the Drive to Digitize Books
Actually, the drive to digitize books brings closer the pre-digital/ offline world and the digital/ online/ wired world. Through this, we can adopt decisive actions to deal with the emerging digital realities. This is essential, as such realities may otherwise prove too tough for our coping abilities.
Major Aspects of Life and the Emergence of the Digital
We live in a digital age. Thus, our lives are also becoming more and more digitized every day. Of all areas of human life, three are most affected by digital transformation and integration. These are education, work and entertainment. This trend is only likely to get stronger in the future.
Work was the first area of human life to adopt digitization in a big way. Today, digital products such as electronic calculators, scanners and computers are needed in all workplaces. So, the need to maintain paperwork vanished overnight.
Similarly, computers have been widely in use in schools and colleges since the 1980s. Now, across the COVID19-affected world, online classes for students are often compulsory. This has led to a major shift to the digital mode for education.
Entertainment too has now caught up. Thus, today’s youngsters mostly read content, play games and watch movies on their e-book readers, smartphones, XBoxes and PlayStations. For many, reading print books and playing outside have almost become things of the past.
In effect, we have taken to digital modes of activity at almost breakneck speed over the last 20-30 years. As such, such shifts need to be understood closely.
The Digital Divide
The phenomenon of the digital divide is a major factor affecting the world we live in. Usually, it refers to the gap between the digital haves and have-nots. By these, we mean people who can use digital facilities and products and those who can’t. There is, however, at least one other way to think about the digital divide. It can mean the divide between those who deal with the digital world rationally and those who treat it with perhaps too much awe and fear.
Bridging the Digital Divide—Thinking Digitally
The primary ways to bridge the digital divide of the have/have-not variety are:
- Improving digital literacy, the ability to use information using digital media;
- Ensuring greater digital usage in work environments;
- Developing local facilities and content to make digital usage more relevant.
In contrast, closing the digital divide by thinking digitally may be harder. This also requires individual initiative and interest. The major aspects here are:
- Accepting ‘digital age’ values. These are:
- non-stop change at high speed;
- improving products through user feedback and metrics;
- preferring ‘doing something new’ over ‘risk of failure’; and
- developing key skills regularly;
- Supporting social concerns. These are:
- Keeping human and social well-being at the centre; and
- Avoiding negative behaviours such as selective information sharing, violations of privacy and misinformation;
- Developing a balanced view. This is done through the combined use of
- data-driven and experience-driven approaches; and
- digital and non-digital technologies, as needed; and
- Having clear end-goals and priorities. This leads to a broadly shared vision of acceptable digital usage in a given situation.
How to Make Digitize Books More Useful for Yourself
I hope you find this site useful for developing more specific ideas on all such matters. Some of these ideas may appear odd at first. However, you may understand them better and better by staying engaged! Please visit the site regularly and check out the posts on the different planned topics.
Happy reading and commenting!
I am Abhijit Baroi, an editor and content writer. I like to read and to know about digital products and processes. In particular, I am keen to know how the digital world can make human lives more efficient and enjoyable. This is important, as we all need to use our judgment on all matters digital. After all, we will do well to avoid doomsday scenarios like in the Terminator movie series!
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