Are we ready? 2

Joshua Kim has a nice piece on reading with a Kindle:

But if Amazon is smart, and Bezos seems very smart to me, than I’m sure that the Kindle experience will continue to improve. We are not there yet, but the end of the future of the printed book format is in sight. The printed book will continue to live on, as either a high-end speciality item (as a tactile object and work of art) and a low-end mass market item, but the center for the printed book cannot hold. By the time my kids are both in college (2017), the majority of new book sales will be digital.

Is your campus ready for this transition?

Universities, K-12 and libraries are all grappling with this question of transition. I’m excited to see what happens.

My reading has changed with the Kindle app on my iPad as well as Instapaper. I’m also having a bit of technolust about adding the new Kindle to my options for e-reading. 🙂

2 thoughts on “Are we ready?

  • Winnie

    While I’m sure this may be true, I really don’t know how these prognosticators can see the future. In seven years anything can and will happen and universities better be ready for it all.

  • Rob

    As the both the proud owner of a new Kindle and someone who buys books, including eBooks, for a living, I have to say I’m not convinced by this “doomsday for print books” prognosticating, either.

    The truth is the professors (and TAs) who put together reading lists are the ones who will drive (or rather hold back) this change.

    And in programs where the instructors are tech-savvy, most of the reading is online–but from articles, blogs, and similar resources, not from eBooks for the most part.

    When the publishers have figured out how to make value-added electronic textbooks with easy to manipulate interfaces AND got the people doing the teaching on board, then we can start to talk about the demise of print textbooks, but only then…

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