I think you bring up a good point about how breakable the readers are. Any of us as a kid threw our books and personal items around like they were built with springs.
On the other hand, the thought of replacing an entire bookbag with an e-reader and only a few side items is pretty awesome. Not to mention the savings on both not having to buy those expensive text books but also the savings from storage in general.
Ultimately, even if a student has to buy 2 e-readers a year on average (which lets face it, is way too many), the overall price is cheaper to go this route.
The adaptability of e-readers to fix textbook errors and to integrate interactivity and co-references is something that saves students tons of time in research.
My biggest concern is basic. Connectivity. How can any class assume that a student has the ability to connect wirelessly to their gadget (unless they require a device like the kindle which has global connectivity). I'd imagine most kids would prefer an ipad or something similar and that comes with a required wifi connection at home. A new excuse to replace "the dog ate my homework" I suppose. The internet was down.
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