A school district in Utah has recognized the “simple market forces” that make the Kindle a viable alternative to print text today. A recent article in the Salt Lake Tribune details the purchase of 147 Kindles for teachers to work with so they can familiarize themselves and uncover ways to promote literacy using the device:
The school text market for Kindle is so far small to nonexistent, but … officials foresee the day when publishing companies embrace the medium because of simple market forces. Not only would use of the device in schools cut down on paper costs, but it would also cut down on space and energy needed to store books and move them from school to school. Rather than wait months for updated texts, they could instead be downloaded soon after revisions. The days when students strained their developing backs with a pack full of books would be over.
And, as I have noted elsewhere in the blog, options for student reading are increased when you can have the proverbial 100 books with you at all times. That’s the “third wave” of Kindle use that the article discusses.