E-Textbooks in the U.S.

About 40 days ago, I shared a news update that a Canadian school introduced the idea of using e-textbooks. Here in America, schools are catching up. This Fox News video reports that Clearwater High in Clearwater FL becomes the first school in the U.S. that uses e-textbooks on Kindles. The advantages of using Kindles are obvious:
  • Students can store and carry all textbooks they need in a 10 ounce, ½ inch thick electronic device.
  • Kindle books are usually cheaper than hard copies.
  • Reading online is more eco-friendly as compared to paper books.
  • Information is easy to update in electronic devices.
My biggest concern of using e-textbooks, however, is that students may easily get distracted by searching irrelevant information on the Internet during class other than reading course-related materials as instructed. If e-textbooks are used, professors need to come up with new methods of keeping students’ attention because policies like “no-texting, tweeting, or Facebooking” or “tough cell phone policies” will not work anymore.
In addition to the above discussion, what are the other pros and cons of using e-textbooks in schools? For HR managers, maybe it is time to start learning how to use social media and computer games in recruiting qualify candidates and training employees. What do you think?

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