Meanwhile I’m glad to see an OLPC official telling the IDG News Service: “The e-book reader is the most popular function of the laptop.”
Now—if only software priorities can reflect this and OLPC can do a kid-friendly version of FBReader or the equivalent.
Give One Get One program to resume in November in the U.S.
The other big news is that the Give One Get One program will resume this November through the end of December in the U.S., and that Amazon will handle it.
Um, interesting possibilities here. Might Amazon be aiming to be a future supplier of content or even hardware for OLPC? Just asking. If so, that’s one more reason for Amazon to care about e-book standards and to think about business models that don’t use DRM. Given the size of the potential market, there are some commercial possibilities here, not just philanthropic ones.
Future customers, not just G1G1 beneficiaries?
As India and China shows, developing countries can end up with huge middle-classes even if the majority of the people remain poor. The children of today’s cash-strapped villagers just may end up prosperous enough to be steady buyers of both books and gizmos to read them with.
One big question: How internationalizedl program will Give One Get One be this time around? G1G1 will happen in the States. But what about elsewhere? I’d hope that a company like Amazon would have the resources for it truly to be global.
Related: OLPC News post on Amazon and G1G1.