Is Amazon Destroying our Writers?

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Until recently I have loved using the Amazon site, having it as my go to destination for new books and other products. Its low prices are enticing for anyone, and as a student I have found its convenience unparalleled. However recently, after listening to a lecture on the dynamic company, I have come to realise that it is not as great as we have all been led to believe. For the consumer it works wonders, giving such a wide choice of books, with different prices for varying qualities and cheap, if not free delivery. It also provides synopses and reviews so you can read up before you purchase.

So what’s the harm? To a lot of people there is none, but for writers, Amazon is helping destroy many careers. Because they are an international company they are easily able to send their books all over the globe, as well as providing online via Kindles, doing this takes away each territorial right. Usually a writer would get paid for each country their book is released in but this has now been revoked due this scheme. As an aspiring author this is not good news for me or anyone else in my situation. It means that unless your novel is a raging success, it would be very difficult to have a career through it. So though it may be easier to get published (as an e-book) the royalties are lost.

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Since learning the lack of income writers get from this system I have made an effort to buy more of my books from stores instead, usually Waterstones but when possible I get them from independent stores. Unfortunately Amazon is still my main provider, due to cost and convenience, and it worries me that this will continue to be the way in the future.

We have to start to wonder whether our good writers will suffer and survive through the ‘Amazon Revolution’.

One ‘pro’ of Amazon is their imagination and communication with the public, it can be very enticing

iPads on the Uprise

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With the development of technology in the world it is often found that society struggles to keep up with ongoing releases of the latest gadgets.

Recently I attended a debate on the use of iPads in schools, where they discussed the pros and cons of such technology being used by children and teenagers. After filling the schools of Thailand it didn’t take long for Apple to reach out to our own institutes. Over the past year they have changed their market from university students to the ones in secondary schools, providing many with their very own iPad.ipad in education 2

Education is one of this country’s primary units in a child’s development but our beloved teachers appear to be being replaced by this new phenomenon.

There appear to be a lot of benefits for this new craze, including making it manageable for children to learn at their own pace. It gives the option for the members of a class to make their own way through a curriculum and provides different apps to aid their progress. It also provides anonymity when asking questions as they can be sent straight to the teacher’s own device, and then they can address the situation. This takes out the humiliation of not knowing an answer and could decrease bullying.

However on the other side of the argument, it could increase cyber bullying, and having the internet at a child’s fingertips could have dangerous consequences. With it already on the up rise it could allow the anonymity to amplify victimisation.

Computers already play a large part of childhood today, with most people having at least one in the family home; owning an iPad would only add to the amount of time spent in front of the screen. We end up having to ask ourselves; is this really what we want our children to inherit?

There are even sites to help teachers with getting to grips with the technology and how best to take advantage of it.