In an earlier post I referred to a NYT article about the development of new gadgets, with screens roughly the size of a standard sheet of paper, that could present much of the editorial and advertising content of traditional periodicals in generally the same format as they appear in print.
Today I read about Amazon’s announcement that they’re launching their KindleDX (for deluxe), which has a screen two and a half times the size of those on the two older versions of the Kindle, which were aimed primarily at displaying book pages. (Seems the idea is now a reality, although not without a few teething problems – seems today’s launch had a glitch with the KindleDX website not being ready for viewing. Ooops!)
Also in my email inbox was a notification from Bill St Arnaud’s blog of a post in which he outlines the potential for devices such as the Kindle can help reduce CO2 at universities(and elsewhere). He concludes, “One Kindle can hold hundreds, if not thousands of textbooks and other documents – so the offset value of a single Kindle can be worth thousands of dollars!”
Certainly seems to be more than just novelty value driving the development of these devices! I’d see this area of development as something that education could benefit significantly from – so keep watching this space 🙂