Kindle at College

I’ve had a chance recently to do a sort of follow up on a previous story looking at the experiences of college students who use their Kindle in academic situations.  I got noticeably positive responses from the majority of those I talked to, though there were a few people with problems I simply would not have guessed about, going into it.  As before, here’s some of the more interesting stuff I got:

No Good Kindle Annotated Editions?

Alice, an English Grad Student, said:

I picked up my Kindle because I was getting ready for my Comps and figured it was an easy way to save some hassle on Inter-Library Loan stuff and maybe even a bit of money, in the long run.  As far as that use, I don’t have a thing to complain about.  Pretty much everything I needed was either free or cheap, and I found some cool stuff I didn’t expect to have along the way.  What makes me kinda regret the decision though is that there’s no real equivalent to something like a Norton Edition that I’ve been able to find.  Annotation and an applicable set of secondary sources can be an amazing help when you’re looking at something new, but now I find myself weighing that against the price difference in a way I never did before.  It can be a pain.  I hope they fix that soon.

Nook Color means Kindle Color Soon, right?

Melissa, a Sociology Undergraduate, said:

I got my Kindle DX from my mom at Christmas last year.  It’s been great for classes where teachers think they’re going to save us loads of money by putting all sorts of articles online.  I hate reading on computers, but nobody wants to print off a thousand pages.  What I’m looking forward to is the Kindle Color.  I figure, it’s only a matter of time now that the Nook got there first.  It’s not like Amazon would want to be the second-best book reader, would they?

Kindle Textbooks

A TN Professor who prefers to remain unnamed said:

Ok, I love the Kindle and all those others in theory, but they only give me some of what I need.  I want to convince my department that we need to get these kids buying their Kindles as freshmen so that it’s worth the money by the time they graduate even if not all of their books are available for it in most classes.  So far, no luck. When more Kindle textbooks start becoming available, I think I can see a change happening.  Until that happens, the school bookstore just integrated somehow with a Barnes & Noble ebook thing so I guess we’re going to have to go with them.

As I mentioned, the overwhelming majority of those I talked to really loved their Kindles.  Did some, like these, want more?  Well, really, who doesn’t?  One thing that I did notice, however, was that even for those we thought that the Kindle was only somewhat useful for school loved it for personal use.  Call that added value, maybe?  Anyway, I love the fact that there’s finally a growing segment of the population at colleges who are pushing for the use of eReading devices.  Did we really need a new edition of that 30lb, $140 biology textbook every single year?