Makers of e-readers like the Amazon Kindle DX have some work to do before the devices replace textbooks at universities, according to findings from a long-term study conducted at seven U.S. colleges.
"There is no e-reader that supports what we found these students doing," study co-author Alex Thayer, a UW doctoral student in Human Centered Design and Engineering said, according to a report on the study published Monday by the University of Washington's Office of News and Information.
"It remains to be seen how to design one. It's a great space to get into, there's a lot of opportunity."
Researchers at the University of Washington said that seven months into the study, less than 40 percent of the 39 first-year graduate students they monitored were regularly doing their academic reading using the Kindle DXâ€”the e-reader used for the UW study.
eReaders are nice, but there is no way it can be efficiently implemented in large quanities like for education.