|01-15-2009, 12:36 PM||#1|
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e-Textbooks at Northwest Missouri State
According to a January 13 article in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Northwest Missouri State University conducted a pilot program last semester distributing Sony Readers loaded with McGraw Hill e-textbooks to about 240 students. After the novelty wore off, the students complained about the inability to highlight passages, to cut and paste text, and to participate in interactive quizzes. The university plans to continue the e-textbook experiment next semester but this time using laptops as e-readers.
Hampering acceptance: non-color displays, poor readability of diagram/photo laden material, no reliable archive of earlier e-text versions, concern over the continued support for file format, and the trend toward multi-function devices rather than dedicated devices.
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