Estimates are in the low millions – one million plus.
Remember, the iPad was released only in April of 2010, so that 15 million represents only three business quarters of sales.
Ron Callari, in his blog at InventorSpot, characterized the distinction as “one-trick ponies vs. multimedia devices”http://inventorspot.com/articles/kindle_vs_nook_sony_ereader_holidays_34813
Now, I’m not trying to sell the iPad here. In fact, apps like the Kindle and nook apps are already available for Android OS too. So even though we have competing content providers, they all seem to want a piece of the tablet business and are willing to work with their apps in that sphere.Any questions at this point?
Short Message Service, Multimedia Message ServiceThis is a screen capture of an inkling textbook -- their books feature ways for instructors to annotate the text and have those annotations shared with their students on the students’ own iPads.
These are just a few. What other benefits to the student can we think of?
These are just a few. What other benefits to the instructor can we think of?
The Kindle’s black-and-white screen and long battery life may be perfect for reading, but publishers cannot do much to control the layout of content on it. That’s a problem for textbooks, where text must often share the page with diagrams, equations and photos. Students read a textbook differently from how they read a novel. With a novel or a nonfiction book, reading is linear: You read from front to the back and there’s little switching back and forth between chapters. With a textbook, most students skim through the chapters, sometimes reading only a few chapters out of the entire book.
WAIT TO CLICK TO THE “WHAT’S STOPPING” LINE?What other roadblocks or challenges can we think of? What have any of you experienced?Finish discussion, then click mouse for “What’s stopping” line.
Loss of tactile functionality?
Loss of tactile functionality?
eBooks in Higher Education What's on the Horizon? Rob Kadel, Ph.D. Manager, Academic Training & Consulting Pearson eCollege (Also Adjunct Professor of Sociology, University of Colorado, Denver)
eBooks in Higher Education: Feb. 16, 2010 4 What’s the current climate for eBooks? 1
5 Amazon Kindle Amazon sparked the initiative with the Kindle and its already impressive collection of eBooks Estimates put number of Kindle readers sold at about 3 - 4 million units For every 100 paperbacks Amazon sells, they are selling 115 Kindle books For every 100 hardcover books, 143 Kindle books Sources: NY Times and Techcrunch eBooks in Higher Education: Feb. 16, 2010
Others have followed… Sony Reader Barnes & Noble nook 6 Like Amazon, Sony and B&N do not release exact sales numbers on how many Readers/nooks have been sold. eBooks in Higher Education: Feb. 16, 2010
Apple’s Contribution Apple has fanned the flames with the iPad and its offerings in the iBookstore 7
Most roadblocks are technological and can/will be overcome
Costs will continue to come down (at least for hardware)
So what’s stopping the adoption of eBooks in higher education?
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Cultural shift required! 4 23 eBooks in Higher Education: Feb. 16, 2010
Instructors Have to want to use eBooks Will need to get full use out of them to justify price Will not want to pay for eReaders/tablets Loss of tactile functionality 24 eBooks in Higher Education: Feb. 16, 2010
Students Have to be willing to accept and pay for eBooks and hardware Loss of tactile functionality Possibly hardware provided by the institution 25 eBooks in Higher Education: Feb. 16, 2010
Institutions Will have to support and actively encourage the use of eBooks Possibly use resources to provide hardware to students and faculty 26 eBooks in Higher Education: Feb. 16, 2010