A Story About Another School Trying Out Kindles

In fact, 200 Kindles.  Nashville High School in Arkansas is using the Kindle in English classes, in hopes that it’ll be possible to use them in other subject-areas as a replacement for paper textbooks.

School officials hope it’ll encourage students to read more (this is likely, as it’s a common experience for those who use e-Ink devices) and do their school work “more efficiently.”  For non-fiction books especially, the way the Search function works and also the way that Annotations are kept on both the device and the special password-protectedAnnotations webpage are a boon in my case.

The brief video (delivered by the tv newsperson with strange inflections) includes a response by one student, who’s not only happy to be able to use a Kindle but she wants one when she graduates — it’ll be interesting to see what the e-reader field looks like at that time though.

Securities Research Company’s Stock Chart Books Now Available On the Kindle
From their PRNewswire:

‘ Securities Research Company’s Digital Division, SRC Digital (www.srcdigital.com), today announced that it has released its best-selling “The SRC Blue Book® 12-Year NYSE Stock Chart®” and five other titles in the Amazon Kindle Store using Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing.

Other titles released in the Kindle Store include “The SRC Orange Book® of 12-year NASDAQ Charts®”, “The SRC Industry Book® of 12-year Charts®”, “The SRC ADR Book® of 12-Year Charts®”, “The SRC ETF Book® of 12-Year Charts®” and “The SRC Red Book® of 21-Month Charts®”.  Customers can download these publications from the Kindle Store and receive weekly or monthly updates depending on the title.  Additional titles will be rolled out over the next few months until all of SRC’s publications are available in the Kindle Store. ‘

The cost is not trivial, of course.

Kobo, now with WiFi – a Review
Adam Turner reviews the new Kobo and its online store at Borders, for smh.com.au.  He finds the store slow-going and feels the Search option is where the Kobo “falls short” and makes him miss the QWERTY keyboard of the Kindle.  The onscreen keyboard uses the 5-way rocker to move from one letter to the next and doesn’t always detect presses unless you go slowly.

He’s impressed that they squeezed in the WiFi features for the same price as the old model but says it has a “long way to go before it can rival the slick Amazon/Kindle user experience.”  He doesn’t recommend the Kobo over the Kindle “unless you’re determined to stick with the ePub format rather than Amazon’s eBook format.”

Our First Year With Amazon Kindle as an Independent Publisher
FutureBook’s very upbeat report on the first year with Amazon as an independent publisher is an interesting read.  The main reason I’m mentioning it here, though, as a news bit, is what popped out at me in the paragraphs below written by steveemecz:

‘ Where is it going?  My contacts at Amazon can’t share anything specific, but they did say that the customer experience, both for consumers and publishers is a key focus.

Well, in 2011 we expect to see Kindle device sales and follow on book sales go from strength to strength.  Amazon themselves have big expansion plans and that will mean more footfall through the Kindle stores.  We expect them to launch Kindle into new countries … and of course there has been lots of talk around the colour Kindle device. ‘

There has? With their Amazon contacts? Or with others? (See earlier reports.)  “Show me the money colour!”


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