Print vs ebook showdown

Here's something print books can do that eBooks can't! "Book Sculptures" by  Paradasos  (CC BY-NC 2.0)

Well you can’t do this with an eBook! “Book Sculptures” by Paradasos (CC BY-NC 2.0)

Here in the QUT Library we don’t believe that print books and ebooks should be pitted against each other and held up to be mortal enemies forevermore. There are pros and cons to each and the new book smell is only a small plus for print after all.

But we’re reasonable like that. The rest of the world seems intent on the print versus electronic battle continuing on as evidenced last week by the Huffington Post article ‘Sorry ebooks. These 9 studies show why print is better’.

Among the nine pro-print reasons was an interesting point about the high ‘distractability’ of an ebook. In a blog for The Huffington Post, Naomi S. Baron noted that in “studies I have done with university students in several countries confirm what I bet you’ll find yourself observing,” she writes. ‘When reading either for (school) work or pleasure, the preponderance of students found it easiest to concentrate when reading in print. They also reported multitasking almost three times as much when reading onscreen as when reading in hard copy.”

It’s an interesting observation regarding the ability of the reader to hone concentration when reading the written word as opposed to digital and is something this Blog has discussed before. However, the benefits and convenience of ebooks can’t be denied and for those who want print – ebooks do have capacity for printing portions to allow for the best of both worlds!

So there’s no need to be Team Print or Team Ebook but if you have an preference for one over the other in different situations, let us know in the comments below!


Stop the press! Read full-page newspapers online with Library PressDisplay

Last week we looked at the newspaper reading areas in each branch library, where you can come in and browse major daily newspapers from around the country and around the world.


Library PressDisplay homepage

QUT Library also provides online access to these newspapers (and many, many more) through Library PressDisplay. Library PressDisplay is a full-colour, full-page collection of today’s newspapers from around the world. You can browse by region or title, and with an archive going back sixty days you can catch up on the recent and more-than-recent news.

When you have found the newspaper you want you can:

  • read page by page,
  • view thumbnails of all pages,
  • view an image gallery, and
  • search for stories or topics by keyword.

There is also an app for mobile devices called PressReader. You can download up to five titles per day, with the option for autodelivery of new issues. Initial content setup must be completed while connected to the QUT wifi network.

Be informed, be part of The Conversation

The Conversation is an independent website of Australian news, reportage, analysis and critique written from the academic and research sector.

Originally founded by a collaboration of CSIRO, Monash, University of Melbourne, UTS and UWA, with an endorsement from Nobel Laureate Peter Doherty; The Conversation provides Australians with a free source of localised intelligent commentary and critique – more newsy than an academic journal but with more depth than a newspaper. Free online content from Salon, Slate, The Guardian, the New York Times, London Review of Books and The New Yorker (amongst many others) have brought good journalism and essay writing to a broader audience but a focus on more localised Australian issues is useful and pertinent.
The Conversation has sections on Business and the Economy, Health and Medicine, Environment and Energy, Politics and Society, Science and Technology and a Jobs Board. Recent topics and articles look to the future of the public service and who should pay for undergraduate education.
Researchers (and only those affiliated to an academic or research institute) can become authors by filling out a brief submission form. Newsletter, Twitter and Facebook interfaces are all available.

Enter The Conversation here:

Image by Styven Magnes

QUT Library supports award-winning journalism

QUT journalism students and alumni have taken out four prestigious Walkley Awards in 2012 for excellence in journalism. See the full story here.

Check out some of the resources in journalism that QUT Library has to keep you up-to-date with the latest news and current affairs and improve your journalistic skills:

  • BBC College of Journalism – provides journalists, students, and researchers at all levels with a full range of multimedia content and tools for the study of TV, radio, and online journalism.
  • TV News – stream or download all major news, current affairs and documentaries from Australian free to air networks on your computer. See here for the full list of included shows.
  • Australia/New Zealand Reference Centre – Australian and New Zealand newspapers (inc. The Courier Mail), magazines, reference books, and company info.
  • Factiva – important news, current affairs and research database of nearly 8000 publications, including local and international newspapers, newswires, magazines, journal sources and company info.

There are also digital archives of the Sydney Morning Herald and The Times (London).

Fancy yourself a citizen journalist? Make waves online with tips from these titles –

Want to make like Leigh Sales (incidentally one of the Walkley winners and QUT alumnus) and deliver a killer interview? These might help –

Or come in and see us! Browse the shelves at Kelvin Grove. You’ll find the journalism titles at the 070s on level 4.

2012 Walkley Award winner and QUT student Amanda Gearing interviews a Grantham flood survivor. Image courtesty of QUT Media.

Extra! Extra! Online newspapers at QUT Library

Whether you read them at home, on the bus, in the tearoom, stretched out with a print copy or scrolling through the app on your gadget, newspapers are a part of our everyday lives.

Did you know that QUT Library gives you access to over 500 newspapers from all over the world?
Here are some special electronic newspaper resources you might be interested in:

  • Library Press Display – on trial until the end of 2011, Press Display is a full-colour, full-page collection of today’s newspapers from around the world, with a 60 day archive.
  • Factiva – an interdisciplinary news, current affairs and research database providing access to nearly 8000 publications – 5 users at a time only.
  • The Times Digital Archive 1785-1985 – 200 years of The Times (London)! Full image of every page published is available and is fully searchable.

Or if you’re looking for Australian newspapers, try

But if you prefer the rustling pages of a broadsheet (or tabloid), print copies of major daily Australian newspapers are available in the newspaper reading area of each QUT campus library. Gardens Point library also receives copies of many major international newspapers.

A stack of newspapers