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Is anyone out there using ebook readers in their school? If so, what reader do you ...
6th April 2011, 10:51 AM #1
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Hey Guys and Girls
Is anyone out there using ebook readers in their school? If so, what reader do you use and where to you buy your ebooks from?
6th April 2011, 11:04 AM #2
We bought some kindles - they are used specifically for 'better readers' groups. We currently buy from Amazon or download from guttenberg and other sources of free books. There are some issues. You can't set a proxy on a Kindle and Amazon don't support them in a 'corporate' environment. If you don't want people to be able to bankrupt the school by buying books in an uncontrolled manner, you need to disable 1 click ordering etc on the Amazon account or better still, de-register the kindles when they are out. Books bought from Amazon can be downlaoded onto different devices a limited number of times. If you want to share a book among a number of kindles, you will quickly use up your allocation and this has implications given that equipment is likely to have a limited lifetime (although I suppose libraries have to replace books when they wear out).
IMO the technology is good (I didn't think I would like reading on a kindle but I much prefer it to a book) but someone still needs to come up with a content management solution that's suitable and affordable for a school.
6th April 2011, 11:30 AM #3
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Thanks for that! Kindles aren't a great idea because, like you said, they don't support a proxy! Imagine getting a 3g Kindle and giving 12-18 year olds unrestricted access to the internet!
We we're thinking of a Sony reader or something like that, but we would have to buy the books from Waterstones etc (if the books aren't available for free) but they said something about:
"However, due to DRM issues you would only be able to use this on a few different eReaders and from one computer. This would also means that you are notable to transfer them between readers or computers. "
What does this mean (I think its clear I don't know much about ebooks, and I prefer paper!!)
6th April 2011, 11:31 AM #4
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