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Jason Hidalgo

Study: Kindle Can't Replace Textbooks Quite Yet

By July 12, 2010

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One would think young (well, mostly young) college students would be hip to new devices such as eReaders. But a new study that used Amazon's Kindle finds that while 90 percent of students liked the device for personal reading, up to 80 percent said they would not recommend it for studying. No word on whether those 80 percent told the folks who did the study to get off their lawns.

Participants in the study, which looked at students at seven universities, cited difficulties in highlighting and underlining text, along with note taking as some of the key frustrations when studying with the device. Keep in mind that the Kindle does not have a touchscreen so such functions have to be done via buttons. I wonder if the students would change their minds if they used an eReader with touch capability, like say Sony's Touch and Daily readers or something like the Entourage Edge or iPad for those who prefer color screens and don't mind devices with LCDs.

The Kindle did prove to have one big advantage against college textbooks in one area, however: price. One of the professors involved in the study said his students typically pay $500 for a two-semester course that requires 30 books. Using eBooks cut those costs by 75 percent.

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