Reed College has published a report on the Kindle pilot project they undertook this year. The study reports that e-readers are useful in many ways but have too many shortcomings to be a standard device at this time. Especially weak were annotation and bookmarking capabilities. My favorite line:
When students were asked if they would purchase a Kindle DX (or
other dedicated eReader) for academic use, they indicated that the price would need to drop
dramatically –– to less than $100 –– in order for them to seriously consider purchasing one.
I appreciate the perspective and thoroughness of a study such as this. It helps cut through the rhetoric about new hardware “changing” education and properly define the time frame for meaningful change as years.