The End of the 50-pound Book Bag?

I just got some wonderful news. College textbook publisher Pearson just bought a share in Nook for $48.5 million. This means they will be publishing their textbooks on Nook. They lost market share last year, while Penguin, which already put its textbooks on ebook, gained market share.

When I was teaching and working on my doctorate, I landed in my doctor’s office about once a month for a shoulder injection for tendinitis from carrying my 48-pound (literally–they weighted it) book bag. If I were still teaching today, I would not assign a book unless it was available in e-format, and all coursework would be required to be emailed to me and I would email it back to the student.

With today’s technology, there is NO REASON AT ALL to cripple students with overweight book bags. I want this trend to continue.

I have been a Kindle user since Kindle came out; before that, I used pioneering ebook readers no longer available. I bought a Nook HD+ about a month ago, and I am delighted with it. I still use my Kindles to read in bed, but they freeze about three times per book and have to be restarted at a cost of about five minutes. My Nook, which I usually read at my desk, has NEVER frozen.

My oldest daughter bought a Nook first and was dissatisfied and bought a Kindle. She and I, both book reviewers, agree that nowadays you really need a Kindle and a Nook both if you are a serious reader.

I look forward to the day when no student will be crippled by overweight book bags.

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