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Could technology make schools' snow days obsolete? Questions: Which e-reader for grandparents? Local authorship for e-book market?

By Ed Waggener

Apple iBooks 2.0 Slam Dunks the Educational Tablet Market about Apple's agreements with major text book companies to provide electronic texts at a fraction of the cost of printed ones. All one needs is an iPad. One would also wonder if electronic media might make snow days obsolete. Could districts just hold classes online, if every student had an e-reader?

Area libraries are taking part in "Kentucky Libraries Unbound," with hundreds of thousands of books available for FREE downloads Kindles. Local participating public libraries include those in 5 of the 7 area counties: Casey County Public Library, Metcalfe County Public Library, Russell County Public Library, and Taylor County Public Library. To see the available digital media catalog and learn more about the program, click to Kentucky Libraries Unbound.
Family e-reader experience: Pen and Graham both carry the lowest priced Kindle from, the $79.95 one, and prefer the reading experience to more expensive e-readers. The screens aren't backlit, which makes them easier to read than full color backlit tablets outdoors, but a reading lamp is necessary to read them at night.

They like the size, the low initial cost, and especially the long battery llife - Graham got a month of heavy use before his needed a recharge. Besides, there's no cable fees with Kindles so long as Wi-Fi is available. Comments Welcome, especially on which is the best e-Reader for gifts for grandparents; which is best to have by the cash register in businesses.

And a note for authors and entrepreneurs The new e-books are offering tremendous opportunities to clear out the chokepoints, the middle men and publish. Whole new revenue streams are coming to authors, some of whom are said to be earning over $100,000 a year promoting their cottage industries e-book literature. If you're publishing online, let us know. We love to publicize local authors. - ED WAGGENER

This story was posted on 2012-01-21 02:15:12
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