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Old 04-22-2010, 12:01 PM   #1
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Thumbs up Russian President endorses ebooks for kids

http://en.rian.ru/russia/20100422/158702678.html
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Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said on Thursday he had no problem with children preferring electronic books to printed ones, as long as they read.

"We should encourage reading in all forms, including the latest, the most modern, as long as our young people want to read," Medvedev said during a joint meeting of the state councils on science and culture in the Moscow Region city of Istra.

The president recounted how his son's interest was piqued by an electronic version of Mikhail Lermontov's classic novel A Hero of Our Time.

"Yesterday we searched for A Hero of Our Time on the Internet, a well-known book, a classic," Medvedev said. "We found it, no problem, downloaded it, and then the young man got the desire to have a look. But the [paper] book lies there, untouched."

"There is nothing bad in it," he said, adding that all such opportunities should be used.

The head of state confessed, however, that in the beginning he was put off by electronic books, preferring the feel of a book in his hands, the turn of the page, the smell.

"But then I got used to it and I like it," he said, adding that there are lots of sources in the Internet and it is absolutely irreplaceable when traveling.

Medvedev noted that a standard e-reader costs some $100 - not the $500 of the top models. "It is much cheaper than it seems," he said.

Electronic books, or e-books, or digital books, a digital equivalent to standard printed paper books are growing in popularity worldwide because of their convenience.

Russia has no less than 400 widely accessible public, research and educational electronic libraries, and there are several thousand small electronic collections made by organizations or private individuals.

ISTRA, Moscow Region, April 22 (RIA Novosti )
I do wonder where he found "standard" $100 readers...
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Old 04-22-2010, 12:16 PM   #2
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I'm totally unaware of the costs of eReaders in Russia. Any info about the price range?

By the way: Lermontov, Mikhail: A Hero of Our Time here on MR (Mobi/PRC). A classic indeed.
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Old 04-22-2010, 12:51 PM   #3
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The ballpark figure for a 6" device is 10000-12000 RUR which is around $350-$400. The popular but now rare PRS-505 goes up to 15K ($500).
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The jokes are already starting to go around...

- What kind of reader can you make for $100?
- A nano-reader with 1" nano-screen.

(Medvedev is a big fan of nanotechnologies and wants to make Russia the leader in them)
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