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it's very difficult to ask an entire population to transition from a media that has already been working to a media that not only might be more expensive, but would also take a lot more effort to maintain.
Surely someone said this when computers were introduced to classrooms.


I love my Kindle, but I understand the problems of implementing e-readers in classrooms, particularly with textbook-type material and the initial cost of all the devices.

I can say that the technology is coming along quite a bit faster than people think, especially the gray scale and refresh time. My Kindle 1 had some pretty sorry refresh times, but my Kindle 3 works just as fast (if not faster) than a normal physical page turn, and it works flawlessly if you treat the Kindle like a normal book (that is, press the next page button when you get to the last 3-2 words just as you would turn the page when you get to the last 2-3 words in a normal book.) I think people forget to do that on ereaders, and can make reading un-fluid and awkward, just as those blokes in elementary the teacher always picked on to read out loud (cuz they couldn't freakin' read) would read to the end of a page, then that weird 3 second pause as they turned the page to continue reading. [/rant]
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Text book's last, and technology doesn't. drop a text book and it's fine, drop a tablet and it's done.

See where this is going.. I could go on too. Overall, e-reading is a bad idea, only plus is no paper.
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Text book's last, and technology doesn't. drop a text book and it's fine, drop a tablet and it's done.

See where this is going.. I could go on too. Overall, e-reading is a bad idea, only plus is no paper.
Textbooks get outdated, while technology can be updated?
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What school would this be by chance? I'm trying to decide which school I should choose for computer engineering and right now I'm going with UW Madison only because its the state college but I like options, and good ones. Feel free to PM me.
Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY.
They've got a whole new Computer IT building up this year, with new datacenters and labs. It looked so awesome. Their Computer Engineering and Science courses all look so fantastic, and from what I gathered - practically everyone ends up doing work with IBM during their years somewhere along the line. I'm going there particularly because of their video game development courses.
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Heh, so perhaps it's just us CS guys not using textbooks .
Geology student here. Didn't buy a single textbook this year, though I did borrow one from a friend on occasion.

I have my dad's Invertebrate Paleontology textbook from 1982, which was written in the 1940s. 80% of the information in it is still valid, only things drastically changed are the classification of Trilobites and a few of the names.
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Geology student here. Didn't buy a single textbook this year, though I did borrow one from a friend on occasion.

I have my dad's Invertebrate Paleontology textbook from 1982, which was written in the 1940s. 80% of the information in it is still valid, only things drastically changed are the classification of Trilobites and a few of the names.
The textbooks that I did buy, I always checked with the professor to see if the problems changed. Many times, they don't between several editions. I got away with ordering one or two textbooks as the previous edition for like $2 on Amazon while my classmates paid $100+.
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Text book's last, and technology doesn't. drop a text book and it's fine, drop a tablet and it's done.

See where this is going.. I could go on too. Overall, e-reading is a bad idea, only plus is no paper.
This
Exactly my point:

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And that's just the cost on your part--not to mention the cost of maintaining the devices on a school-wide level by administration.



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Textbooks get outdated, while technology can be updated?
What? No.
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0_o I've carried an ereader to class every day for 3 years. It doesn't have a scratch. How is it so hard to keep one little fairly sturdy device alive? You act like you never seen someone bring a laptop to school. Thats far heavier and more fragile. Lugging around a 50 pound pack if you do not have time to hit your car between classes leaves far more chance of breaking something. If not the books, perhaps your back.

As for you people saying they don't use textbooks and therefore don't need this... yeah.. good point, you don't need this. you don't need paper either. you are a moot point, please move along.
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