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Kindle or similar for students?

We are seriously considering this investment; we have friends who bought one for their teen last year, and put all of her textbooks on it.

It seems like a great tool for doing homework while commuting (my daughter's commute is 45 minutes in the morning, and as much as double that on the way home) and babysitting.

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Asked by rkoloms at 6:59 AM on Jul. 30, 2010 in

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  • i'm not a student but i have a kindle. i LOVE it. i personally would have bought a nook from barnes and noble instead but i'm in germany for now and didn't have that option. nows a good time to buy kindles though. they are super cheap

    Answer by sweetpeatexas21 at 7:05 AM on Jul. 30, 2010

  • It seems like a good idea to me! I remember carrying 20 lbs. of books around all day, and just having a lighter backpack would've been really nice. Plus, you can't damage a book that you carry electronically.

    Answer by SWasson at 7:14 AM on Jul. 30, 2010

  • There are only a limited number of textbooks avalible in ebook format, so don't have visions of her downlaoding all her books. The university I attend is gearing itself more toward the tech of theIpad, so check with the school. I have had an ereader since they first came out over 10 years ago, it is a great toy, and I have had class mates with them, unfortunately the boooks for those classes were not avalible.

    Answer by emptynstr at 7:23 AM on Jul. 30, 2010

  • The iPad is also nice and can do a lot more than the kindle. The kindle has the same contrast as a regular book though, so it's better for your eyes. Also, the kindle is on sale now, but all the readers are currently on sale (because of the iPad). I would go ahead and get a reader or iPad for your teenager though. It sounds perfect for her.

    Answer by sherribeare at 7:33 AM on Jul. 30, 2010

  • The iPad is definitely not in the budget

    Comment by rkoloms (original poster) at 7:35 AM on Jul. 30, 2010

  • I have an older Kindle and I love it for reading regular books but it's not really so great for downloading anything that has illustrations (like cookbooks). I don't know if the newers ones are upgraded but I can see that being a problem with scholastic text books. Also it only shows one page at a time so if you wanted to look at an illustration in conjunction with what you're reading it would be a problem

    Answer by Syphon at 7:56 AM on Jul. 30, 2010

  • I love the idea of using it for text books! Would the less expensive text book price help offset the cost of the kindle?

    Answer by lovinangels at 8:03 AM on Jul. 30, 2010

  • My spouse just suggested asking our daughter's guidance counselor. I am going to send her an email later today; teacher emails for the upcoming school year have not yet been posted.

    Comment by rkoloms (original poster) at 8:03 AM on Jul. 30, 2010

  • Lovinangels - I don't know yet, but I know that I have paid sixty dollars for a used text...

    Comment by rkoloms (original poster) at 8:04 AM on Jul. 30, 2010

  • i think it would be GREAT! lighter on the back too! ha!

    i like making notes in books though... so for me it wouldn't work out as well...

    Answer by asil at 7:43 PM on Jul. 30, 2010

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