iPod and MP3 Players

Gr 6—8—The main problem with this book is the speed with which the information provided will become obsolete. With technology advancing daily, books on such a topic seem like a waste of money. Online research would yield current information for students. However, if readers are looking for a history that follows the evolution of such devices, the history of music downloading, etc., or as a way to understand the effects they have had on our culture and our society, the book proves to be both useful and interesting. The author's explanation of podcasts, vodcasts, RSS feeds, etc. are helpful. Interspersed within the text are full-color photos, anecdotes, time lines, charts, graphs, and facts that help to liven up the subject matter.—Sarah K. Allen, Elko Middle School, Sandston, VA
After brief histories behind their title technologies, these books provide thoughtful discussions of the appeal, markets, risks, and social implications of their subjects; for example, environmental effects of discarded iPods and security concerns with social networking sites. The books seem to be as up-to-date as possible for print. Photos, sidebars, and other visuals, as well as documented quotations, strengthen the presentations. Reading list, timeline, websites. Glos., ind. Review covers these Technology 360 titles: Television, Global Positioning Systems, iPod and MP3 Players, and Web 2.0.

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