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Old 10-14-2009, 09:07 AM   #1
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Update on the Textbooks on Kindle Experiments

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/33298480...h_and_gadgets/

The article surveyed students actually using pre-loaded Kindles and reported a "lukewarm response" to the experience.

Pros: light weight, TTS, portability, music downloads, minesweeper.

Cons: keyboard, PDF handling woes, no page numbers, clunky highlighting & note taking, lack of sticky notes & color highlighting.

Obviously a work in progress. At least the students get to keep their Kindles.
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Old 10-14-2009, 09:49 AM   #2
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Sounds about the same as an earlier article which talked to the Princeton students.

Annotation definitely needs to be addressed. Not sure how you can really improve that other than using a touch-screen with a stylus to actually hand-write notes, especially with the larger form factors.
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Old 10-14-2009, 12:43 PM   #3
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Annotation definitely needs to be addressed. Not sure how you can really improve that other than using a touch-screen with a stylus to actually hand-write notes, especially with the larger form factors.
That's what it will take IMO.

Bigger screen and stylus for making notes and highlighting. It's what I'm waiting for for my academic work--done studying, but still have to read and annotate scholarly articles and books related to my research and teaching etc.
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I just write my notes on the screen with a grease pencil, then take a photograph of it and wipe the screen off while waiting for the next page to load. I can then develop the film and run off prints, bind them together to make a book with all my margin notes and everything viewable right on the page! No need to waste my time with unwieldy traditional books!
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LOL!! (oh, I *do* hope you are kidding!)

Skimming is harder in an ereader too. Like, reading bold print lines, paragraph summaries, and titles .... while studying for a test. You can't go very fast through an ebook. IMHO, they are still best for actually *reading* and not needing to re-read.
Like, for books that are for pleasure!
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Yeah, refresh rate needs to be quick so you can flip "pages" quickly.

I'm personally fine with LCD for my work. Probably seldom use it for more than an hour or two at a time--and never more 4 or 5. So battery life and eye strain aren't a big deal for me personally.

Give me a tablet with a 10" screen or so, that has an awesome stylus writing function and can flip pages with no lag and I'll buy it.


Leisure reading--I'd stick with my Kindle for that. E-ink devices are ideal for that. Small, great battery life, easy on the eyes. But I don't care so much about those for a work tablet to use for reading and marking up academic articles and books, grading student papers etc.
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