Tuesday, June 9, 2009
We'd previously reported that the Kindle DX is likely to be the next big thing in academic technology. However, the Chronicle of Higher Ed reminds us that even seemingly great ideas must still find acceptance among the ever fickle public. In the case of electronic textbooks, there's been some resistance among both students and professors who are having trouble figuring out how the darn things work:
Students and professors have to learn how to use the newfangled textbooks. 'I mean, you can easily read it, but if you want to highlight or enlarge the text or share your notes with other people,'you have to learn to do that, said Tania Brobst, a junior at the university. Initially skeptical, she now says she prefers the electronic version in part because of its search feature and the ability to paste passages into a Microsoft Word document for note taking.
Other students apparently still prefer print rather than the electronic format.
The CHE invites you to leave your own thoughts about the future of electronic textbooks here.
I am the scholarship dude.