Amazon Confirms Student Kindle

Amazon confirmed our speculation that they are planning to target colleges and universities with a new version of the Kindle, reports the Seattle PI. Textbooks are a $5.5 billion annual market, and most publishers now offer electronic versions of their textbooks. McGraw-Hill Education, for example, publishes 95% of their books electronically as well as in print. But there is no compelling device to read them on. The new Kindle will likely be a large screen version of the original, which is much better suited for textbooks.

I’m interested in this but in my classes, we use a lot of articles and online resources. I wonder if we’ll see good old Foundations of Library and Information Science by Richard Rubin coming soon to Kindle…