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Aston MBA students at forefront of digital revolution

MBA students with latest e-reader technology
MBA students with latest e-reader technology

3rd November 2009

Aston Business School MBA students and staff are firmly at the forefront of the digital revolution thanks to the latest digital technology now directly at their fingertips.

ABS, at Aston University is the first UK academic school to take a large scale delivery of iLiad electronic readers, with over 200 of the large screen e-readers requested by Aston for use by its new MBA student intake.

The large screen and lightweight e-reading technology enables students to store thousands of books and files on its data base, to make notes on screen and transfer files.

Lecturers are able to access dissertations, theses, and peer review journals on line and make on-screen annotations to any work. Any alterations can be returned electronically through the iLiad to students in a PDF format.

Peter Blanchard, Managing Director of Libresco Ltd believes the technology of the iLiad Book Edition e-reader brings a wealth of benefits to students and to the academic market in general. “We have sold one or more of these devices to over 60 per cent of UK universities, and this is the first large scale adoption of e-reading in the academic sector,” he said.

“The decision to give an iLiad electronic reader  to the new MBA intake shows Aston are giving students every possible assistance and support to help complete the rigorous MBA course. It is a clear indicator that e-Reading is here to stay.”

The new technology is designed to be easily readable and friendly on the eye, and also removes reliance on printing, which if removed totally would result in a 99 per cent reduction of carbon emissions from the printing process.

Dr Brigitte Nicoulaud, Director of the MBA course, said; “This new technology allows students to store thousands of files, to access on-line books and resources and has note writing facilities. It’s an ideal package, which we feel will be an extremely useful educational tool for both our staff and students and has a host of environmental benefits too.”

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For further information or to arrange an interview, contact Aston University Press Officer, Alex Earnshaw, on 0121 204 4549.

Notes to editors;

An overview of the iLiad Book Edition e-reader can be seen on www.Libresco.com



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