Most people I know, when I mention the new Kindle, are like “yeah, that’s cool but whatever.” I suspect that is because they don’t read nearly as much as I do. Seriously, I’m running out of space for my ever growing book collection and can’t wait to get a Kindle of my own.
This fall Amazon is going to be testing a new version of it’s Kindle on 6 university campuses. No word on how much digital textbooks could potentially cost, but if I were a student I’d be jumping up and down with glee for the simple fact that I wouldn’t be toting around 50 pounds of books in my ratty punk rock Jansport anymore.
Some have commented that this would take a bite out of the thriving used book market. It’s been about 8 years since I sold my last text book. I bought it for $150 and sold it for $5. If the digital versions are cheaper than the paper ones (which logically they should be), I think most people would give up the hassle of text book selling. And the trees… could somebody please think about the trees!?!?