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[UPDATE: The original post has been updated showing the context of what I was saying. Original quote:

As for cost? Ask any college student if they'd rather pay $500 once then $10/ebook, or buy all paper books. Of course, textbook publishers won't be happy, but there's a change growing in that field as well.

See this post for the current version.]

I'm quoted in this blog post about the Kindle DX; however, I'm not sure I could have been taken more out of context. Here's my full quote for now - perhaps a follow-up on the post in a little bit:

My wife and I were talking the other day about how technology - the Kindle among other things - would change education.

I was homeschooled from preschool to graduation (only went to 'real' school in the 4th grade), so my view of education is pretty flexible. Working in the technology field, I'm aware of (and sometimes get to use) new technology like the tablet pc (okay, so that's not new anymore) and the Kindle.

Now with a not quite a year old daughter, I think about what her education will be like. I wouldn't be surprised if she had most of her 'books' on a Kindle, and did most of her work on a tablet pc styled netbook or a 'smart' pen (the livescribe). The technology exists today, and it will only get better, more portable, and more accessible.

Sure, maybe it won't be the 'Kindle' from Amazon that she uses - it will probably be something even more integrated, more 'natural'. Maybe something like a netbook with a second screen instead of a keyboard. She'll use it as a laptop with one touch screen displaying a keyboard. She'll use it as her book, flipping it 90 degrees to view two pages. She'll lay it flat and grab a stylus to take notes or work on her art project.

I believe Asus (and maybe Apple) are working on a dual screen device. Combine that with the Kindle and tablet pc technology and we're pretty much already there.

As for cost? Ask any college student if they'd rather pay $500 once then $10/ebook, or buy all paper books. Of course, textbook publishers won't be happy, but there's a change growing in that field as well.

Tim Lytle [05/12/09 13:48:17] | 0 Comments | Stream

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