E-book, I-book and iBog®Books in my backpack

Do you remember the times when you went to school carrying a heavy backpack? I can still recall when I was in sixth-grade, I needed to use a bag with rollers so my books and notebook could all fit in it without me carrying it on my shoulders. I got a nice 50 x 34 inches trolley red bag that was given by my aunt and a cute head of a bear in front to lock it that says “teacher’s pet”. Well, during that time I did not care so much about what my classmates had to say. I was happy about the bag and my shoulders did not hurt anymore.

In highschool, carrying books or notes was not usual in my time. We used to borrow books from the library and return it the same day, but they are limited and we take turns instead. Books are available in the market of course, but we prefer to be very practical. We get photocopies instead and use the back of the paper to take notes. A student should remember to bring yellow pad and a pen of course. I survived high school with that habit and most of my batchmates could relate. During that time, e-book readers were introduced widely to the market. I hope that I have learned about them earlier and could have save more money. The use of internet is readily available in our school early on and we used to fall in line and get our library card signed everytime we get in the computer library. As much as I could recall, every student has around 40 minutes to one hour per day. We have a computer at home, but to have an internet access demands that you have extra money to have a good connection. Otherwise, you have to be patient with a very slow internet connection. It is a different case in the Philippines were I grew up. 

These days, students are so fortunate to learn about all these technological advances in school at a very young age. On a much brighter side, parents are more aware and generous in providing their children the best. Therefore, opportunities to develop themselves gets better as they grow older and achievable more.

Books in your e-book reader

It was in my college days in 2002 when some students started carrying e-book readers and in most cases, I thought that they were very studious and well provided. I think it is cool though. I was fond of staying at the library and read a physical book and taking quick naps in between. The working students at that time were aware of that I must say. 😉

The Introduction of E-books

To give you an overview, I made a summary about the e-book reader history. The information was collected from Wikipedia.

An e-reader, also called an e-book reader or e-book device, is a mobile electronic device  that is designed primarily for the purpose of reading digital e-books and periodicals.

  • An e-reader is capable of holding thousands of books while weighing less than one.
  • 1998: The Rocket Book was the first commercial e-reader and several others were introduced.
  • 2004: Electronic paper was incorporated first into the Sony Librie 
  • 2006: Sony Reader was released
  • 2007: Amazon Kindle, a device which, upon its release, sold out within five and a half hours. The Kindle includes access to the Kindle Store for e-book sales and delivery.

E-books are a good way to save money and at the same time, it becomes easier to find books on-line (and many are free to download) which are readily available in different languages. I provided a link below.


iBooks is an e-book application by Apple Inc. for its iOS and macOSoperating systems and devices. It primarily receives EPUB content content from the iBooks Store, but users can also add their own EPUB and PDF files via data synchronization with iTunes. Additionally, the files can be downloaded to iBooks through Safari or Apple Mail. -Wikipedia

Right now, I discovered the use of iBog® (a registered trademark of Systime). In the school at NEXT Uddannelse in Copenhagen, the use of iBog is recommended since they are being updated regularly. I find it very good and convenient to use. For me, physical academic books contains complete and extended information, but on the other hand, some do not read the whole book. The introduction of digitally available books are great and very useful to some people. I must admit, touching the pages of a physical book is better in my world, but I am starting to the system of e-book reading for practical reasons as well as again, convenience. 

(this statement from systime website, fyi.)

Bridging the gap between book and web, Systime’s online publication is called an internetBook (iBog®). It is an interactive, web-based book produced as a single source publication with interactive tests, videos and animations.

  • You must be online to use an iBog®
  • When purchasing an iBog® at Systime, choose the license period that suits your needs.
  • Once you’ve completed your order, you will automatically receive an e-Key in an email along with a guide on how it is activated and used.

Nowadays, technology in every aspect of our lives is available and becomes easier to access regardless of economic status. Let us share the learnings we discover each day and educate ourselves in different ways. Remember that this is not all about academics, but also our hobbies and interests. 

You may leave a comment below if you have any suggestions.

Thank you!

-Sheree Ann Kratmann Indiongco

Founder, Blooming Etiquette

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