California is having a terrible budget crisis. One of the ways Governor Schwarzenegger is attempting to reduce educational will be to eliminate purchase of print textbooks and require the use of electronic textbooks.
The pilot program will be launched next August. High school students will be provided an ebook reader to access the math and science textbooks.
Despite the fact that I am a big proponent of digital books, I don’t believe that there are devices out there that adequately meet a student’s need for learning. There is limited interactivity with the current devices. At best, you can highlight but annotation is difficult unless you have the very high end Iliad.
The good part of this plan is that by next August, there might be new digital readers including a tablet style netbook with a transreflective screen that mimics eink but also has the functionality of a computer. The bad part of this plan is that we just don’t know what the future holds for digital devices.
(Thanks Susanna Kearsley for the link)