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Re: Analyst: Amazon to Kindle Market for E-Textbooks
Posted by: Renay San Miguel 2008-08-25 19:04:34
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In a move that could free up backpack space on college campuses nationwide, Amazon is reportedly looking to enter the school textbook market with the release of a new, student-friendly version of its Kindle electronic book reader. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer quotes a McAdams Wright Ragen analyst as saying that the company is already at work on new Kindles and sees an opportunity in the $5.5 billion textbook market. Amazon has previously confirmed that there will be Kindle updates but isn't commenting on targeting specific markets.


Hurdles to Overcome, but Neat Idea
Posted by: giftbird 2008-08-25 19:22:08 In reply to: Renay San Miguel
I give Amazon props for entering a relatively unknown market. The whole idea is really neat. Since college, I've strayed away from libraries completely due to the unnecessary time it takes to research. With the Internet at my fingertips, I can find just about any answer faster and check several sources for accuracy almost simultaneously.

That said, the Amazon Kindle will make surfing through pages of text far quicker. It might even make open book exams completely unfair.
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