Sunday, May 22, 2011

Ebooks in Schools

More on ebooks: Nicholas Carr brings word that Florida just passed "a budget measure that bans printed textbooks from schools starting in the 2015-16 school year."

Interesting approach, Florida.

In fact, it doesn't mandate that existing print textbooks be destroyed in a huge bonfire, just requires "public schools to adopt digital-only textbooks by the 2015-16 school year, and spend at least 50 percent of their textbook budget on digital materials by that time."

The governor has not yet signed this into law, and there are some budget issues since schools are concerned about the cost of not only ebooks, but ebook readers. Even if the textbooks themselves don't cost any more, I imagine having to provide the hardware to make them available to all students could get expensive.

So, interesting approach. I'm sure we will watch attentively to see what happens.


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