You know, I've never wanted a Kindle for my personal books because I like the experience of books - turning the pages, writing in the sidelines, underlining favorite sentences, etc. - too much to ever want to give it up. But for textbooks, I think the Kindle would be a great idea. As textbooks have gotten more and more expensive, they have also gotten bigger. Painfully so.
Bookbags aren't bit enough to hold all the textbooks kids need these days. Putting textbooks on an electronic reader is definitely going to be a big business. I'm surprised no one's already done it.
I'm certainly hoping etext is the norm before the Offspring make it to high school. In fact, I'm hoping for an awesome XO computer with access to lots more texts .
Yes. I bet all the kids would rather have their own laptop with all the texts downloaded onto it.
Imagine a whold generation of students who never have to go shopping for texts, never have to try and resell them, never have to decide whether or not to keep the fourth edition now that the fifth is out, and don't have to keep packing up their textbooks and move them for the rest of their lives.
The idea of using an electronic reading device never appealed to me until you mentioned textbooks! What a great idea. I sure had to haul around some real heavy ones in my day, which always cost too much, never read the whole thing, and trouble to resell- making it so much more portable & pliable sounds so sensible.
I think this is the way of the future and as much as I don't like the idea of reading off an electronic device I am going to have to get used to the idea. My library has something like eight of them now and I guess they are quite popular. I can see the benefits of textbooks electronically, but I think they would have to come down on price to make it economical for students. Then again over the course of four years students can spend a small fortune on textbooks and not get hardly anything back on them.