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ERIC Number: EJ918360
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-May
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1553-7544
The Device versus the Book
Demski, Jennifer
Campus Technology, v23 n9 p26-34 May 2010
Electronic readers may be ushering in a watershed moment in personal reading, with the Amazon Kindle, Sony Reader, and Barnes & Noble Nook duking it out for market dominance (and with the iPad warming up in the wings). But how do these contenders fare in the academic marketplace? When it comes to meeting the demands of academic reading, today's e-readers are not yet ready to replace the textbook. Three universities conducted e-reader pilots on their campuses to investigate whether the devices can live up to students' needs and expectations. Northwest Missouri State University tested the Sony Reader PRS-505 during the 2008-2009 school year, while Princeton University (New Jersey) and Arizona State University are participating in a pilot of the Kindle DX with five other universities over the course of the 2009-2010 school year. Each university had different motivations for testing the devices. In all three pilots, students felt that e-readers had limitations that made them inadequate for reading academic texts. (Contains 4 online resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Arizona; Missouri; New Jersey