No More Pencils, No More Books?

Someone suggested this story from Wired on the future of E-Books in academea.

\"In universities, high schools, and elementary schools these e-books already are in high demand.\"But despite their obvious advantages, there are few digital textbooks available. Most textbooks are often out of date by the time they hit the shelves, but electronic publishing material is inexpensive to produce and can be upgraded almost immediately.

\"Educators are thrilled and excited about adding e-books to the curriculum,\" said Jim Sachs, CEO and co-founder of SoftBook. \"Kids are beside themselves with excitement over it.\"

E-books jump eight years in the future and disown the printed page,\" Williams said. \"I\'m not sure students, authors, and professors are ready for that.\"

The education market, while excited about new electronic reading and publishing devices, has been slow to adopt them because of economic concerns.

\"[The cost] is harder to justify while technology is at the bottom of the learning curve,\" said SoftBook\'s Sachs.

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