Wednesday, 6 May 2009

re-Kindle-ing the flame of learning

Amazon's new version of its e-book reader, the Kindle DX was launched officially today. With a larger screen size, the device is also being aimed at the student market with deals being done to provide popular textbooks in electronic format and a number of pilot programmes running in various US universities. With a price of just under $500 however, it might be a little costly for most students.

In previous pilot studies of ebooks in university contexts, one of the key aspects of feedback from student users was the need to provide some means of annotating and commenting on readings, something students often do with their texts or papers that they are reading. No sign that the Kindle has addressed that issue however, but perhaps gradually we're moving towards the device that we really want.

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