I have been writing about e-readers for about a year now. In recent months I have also had discussions with financial services executives about the digital devices and some real world scenarios.
As some background - the e-reader is a digital device that is handheld and can carry a large number of full length books and other publications in memory. I have been using an Amazon Kindle and have also had a chance to see and feel the Sony e-reader. The Kindle is very versatile and has enabled me to carry around 7 to 10 books I have on my reading list. I have used it on the road during travel as well as at bedtime with the night reading lamp on. In one of life's ironies - I also am a collector of antique books of a certain genre and time period. However - the Kindle works for me for the types of books I want to read but do not believe will be collectible.
Currently Amazon, Sony and most recently Barnes and Noble have the most important devices out on the market. Those would be the Kindle, Reader and Nook, respectively. Word on the street is the newest Sony device (touch screen "Reader Edition" and the Nook will be serious competition to the Kindle). These readers cost around $299.
The convenience and capabilities of these handy gadgets are obvious for the consumer and professional user:
Circling back to where I began, while I have experienced the obvious value of using an e-reader as a professional, I have continued to discuss a theory I have about using these e-readers in financial organizations. Consider this as a possible scenario below.
This extends the paperless concept to onboarding. It also reflects to your new team member your commitment to process, learning and growing as technology play's a role in transforming how we carry out operations and our services.