I was interviewed for an article for Campus Technology on the impact of the Amazon Kindle on college textbooks. The End of Textbooks? explores the pro’s and con’s of using eReader’s to replace the traditional printed college textbook.
This is a huge paradigm shift for most people, much greater than when the music industry went digital. The problem is that people think of a laptop computer when they think about eReaders and all the inherent problems with reading from a laptop. TheKindle and other eReaders solve most of those problems. Reading from a Kindle is very similar to reading from paper with excellent resolution and no backlight that causes eyestrain.
So what’s your take on the Kindle? Will it ever replace college textbooks?
- Books Aren’t Dead – They’re Just Going Digital – (Newsweek Cover Story from November 2007)
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- Steve Jobs Was Only Half-Right: People Do Read – Even Kids – They Just Do It Online
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