Amazon is set to release a new version of its popular Kindle e-reader. The new Kindle is reportedly larger, and also set to support the textbook market. I think this is a great idea for the college set, though of course it will be harder for professors to know whether or not students are actually buried in their books and not just reading something else. The Wall Street Journal reports:
Beginning this fall, some students at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland will be given large-screen Kindles with textbooks for chemistry, computer science and a freshman seminar already installed, said Lev Gonick, the school’s chief information officer. The university plans to compare the experiences of students who get the Kindles and those who use traditional textbooks, he said.
Amazon has worked out a deal with several textbook publishers to make their materials available for the device, Mr. Gonick added. The new device will also feature a more fully functional Web browser, he said. The Kindle’s current model, which debuted in February, includes a Web browser that is classified as “experimental.”
Personally, I hope/think it will only be a matter of time until the Kindle can support other media. Do you own a Kindle? Will you ever?