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Kindles yet to woo University users

Phurge (1112105) writes | about 5 years ago

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Phurge writes "When Princeton announced its Kindle e-reader pilot program last May, administrators seemed cautiously optimistic that the e-readers would both be sustainable and serve as a valuable academic tool. But less than two weeks after 50 students received the free Kindle DX e-readers, many of them said they were dissatisfied and uncomfortable with the devices.

âoeI hate to sound like a Luddite, but this technology is a poor excuse of an academic tool,â said Aaron Horvath, a student in Civil Society and Public Policy. âoeItâ(TM)s clunky, slow and a real pain to operate.â

âoeMuch of my learning comes from a physical interaction with the text: bookmarks, highlights, page-tearing, sticky notes and other marks representing the importance of certain passages â" not to mention margin notes, where most of my paper ideas come from and interaction with the material occurs,â he explained. âoeAll these things have been lost, and if not lost theyâ(TM)re too slow to keep up with my thinking, and the âfeaturesâ(TM) have been rendered useless.â"

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