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Old 07-23-2006, 05:14 PM   #1
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textbooks for e-readers?

i am now in high school and with that is a continuous scramble to my locker for whatever book i need. I was thinking, however, as i was going to pick an e-book up anyway just for casual reading, if i could upload all of my textbooks on the e-reader. what would i have to do to get that? would i have to find free ones on the internet, painstakingly scan all of the pages in and reformat them, or just...not? i just think something like this would make my life -so- much easier, if it is possible at least, even if dorky student-teacher conversations are on the horizon...
"mr. fraser, where is your math book?" <pause> "on my...computer...ma'm..."
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Old 07-24-2006, 02:21 PM   #2
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It's as good a place to post as any, walrus!

I think that right now you'd have a tough time getting your textbooks onto any of these readers. You'd probably have to do the conversion yourself, it'd probably take you most of the year to get something you could actually read & use.

In practical terms, in order for textbooks to get onto some sort of reader, the publishers would have to get behind it and push hard -- not terribly likely at the moment.

I think it will happen, mind you, just that it'll take a while. I think it's just too natural an idea for it to not happen at all. It'll likely penetrate the college level first, and then trickle down to the public schools.

It wouldn't surprise me if these readers started showing in college literature classes in the next couple of years -- a lot of those texts are public domain, and are available in project gutenberg right now, so....
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Old 07-24-2006, 05:41 PM   #3
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that's good to know, i can't wait. hopefully technology will be acceptable in the classroom. they'll be the next ridiculously expensive calculators!
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that's good to know, i can't wait. hopefully technology will be acceptable in the classroom. they'll be the next ridiculously expensive calculators!
Don't get too excited, that was almost purely speculation! Anyway, I'm pretty sure that you'll be out of high-school (likely college, too) long before you see e-readers in public school.
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A really good starting point may be to ask the view of your school librarian what their view is. Who buys books differs from country to country ... but if your school has to buy the books for students, your school librarian may have the best view on if you'll ever see ebooks being used during your time in education, it'd be interesting to hear what they say ...
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Also, at the Teleread site I ran across University of California ebook information. Books are posted by chapter (not complete download) BUT if you are doing a special project putting them to a computer or Iliad doesn't take outrageously long. I've done two books this way (of the 519 available) and will be doing more browsing in the near term.

http://content.cdlib.org/search?sort...&rights=Public

(you will need to click on the link, not cut and paste - the ... is some missing detail)
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