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Old 10-30-2008, 06:22 PM   #1
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Future: eBook readers for students

I have friend in Canada and He told me that his son (12 year's old boy) got eBook reader from the School Library. It sounds like fantastic but it is possible thay many schools will start using eBook readers instead of paper books soon. Do you have kids who already use it in schools?
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In France there was an experiment to use them in a university library in Angers and i seem to remember hearing about a possible use in Strasbourg as well but i can't remember the details. i think schools are one of the places that ebooks could be the most useful, so i hope they will gain popularity there, but i suspect it won't happen until the devices are less expensive, and there is more content available.
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and here and here is more info about use in universities and schools.
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In France there was an experiment to use them in a university library in Angers and i seem to remember hearing about a possible use in Strasbourg as well but i can't remember the details. i think schools are one of the places that ebooks could be the most useful, so i hope they will gain popularity there, but i suspect it won't happen until the devices are less expensive, and there is more content available.
I think many devices will be available for free the same way as cell phones with one or 2 years plan. In case if schools will purchase many eBooks they will get eBook readers for minimum price or for free.
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and here and here is more info about use in universities and schools.
Thanks for links. It looks like many people already discussed it on the forum before.
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I think many devices will be available for free the same way as cell phones with one or 2 years plan. In case if schools will purchase many eBooks they will get eBook readers for minimum price or for free.
i agree, that would be a brilliant way for schools to get them, and it seems like a logical development for the future. hopefully sooner than later !
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Oy, I would have loved to have had a ebook reader back in high school. My back still clearly recalls all the stress I put it through.
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I think ebook readers in school are a brilliant idea. I am not sure how useful they would be for some subjects (Math and Science in particular might be better served by a more full functioned computer), but for literature and maybe history, they would be great. This is particularly true for literature which, by high school, includes a large number of works in the Public Domain.

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I think many devices will be available for free the same way as cell phones with one or 2 years plan. In case if schools will purchase many eBooks they will get eBook readers for minimum price or for free.
That's not exactly free, of course... you pay for a service every month, and the service subsidizes the device. So a student would be paying a monthly bill, either for the reader, or for access to the library service they would use it with. Considering the cost of most readers, though, it might make it easier.
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That's not exactly free, of course... you pay for a service every month, and the service subsidizes the device. So a student would be paying a monthly bill, either for the reader, or for access to the library service they would use it with. Considering the cost of most readers, though, it might make it easier.
I think it will be free for students but schools will pay for it from different funds.
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I think ebook readers in school are a brilliant idea. I am not sure how useful they would be for some subjects (Math and Science in particular might be better served by a more full functioned computer), but for literature and maybe history, they would be great. This is particularly true for literature which, by high school, includes a large number of works in the Public Domain.

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Agree, all classic books available in the Public Domain.
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I think it will be free for students but schools will pay for it from different funds.
Be aware: If the schools are asked to pay for it, and it doesn't come out of general public taxes, then students' parents will have the cost added to their mandatory fees. So the students will pay for them anyway, if the public doesn't pick up the tab.
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Be aware: If the schools are asked to pay for it, and it doesn't come out of general public taxes, then students' parents will have the cost added to their mandatory fees. So the students will pay for them anyway, if the public doesn't pick up the tab.
True,
But I think ultimately, since a computer like OLPC is already available for about $200 a unit (and because of its convertible tablet design it is well suited to being used as a e-book reader). Assuming a similar type computer was rugged enough to survive 4 years of high school, I think it would cost less in the long run than all the various books students use right now. Heck, the cost of printed paperback Public Domain books might, over 4 years offset the cost of the unit.

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