The CITE, a blog published by the National Association of College Stores, takes a look at the intersection of education and technology, highlighting issues that range from course materials to learning delivery to the student experience. Comments, discussion, feedback, and ideas are welcome.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

E-books and Tablet Rental Pilot

Augustana College experiments with Kindle Fire rental program to deliver e-textbook, according to this article. The college is charging $35 a term to rent a Kindle Fire, and the cost of purchasing the books they'll need is about $18. The print versions of the books cost about $40.  This will be an interesting study to follow since not many schools with e-textbook pilots have included tablet rentals as part of the program, although a number of campuses have given away devices as part of the pilot programs.

This pilot is somewhat reminiscent of earlier e-reader device pilots on campus.  A number of those pilots ended in response to challenges that the devices did not meet accessibility requirements for course materials in the classroom. 

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