The inevitable free e-reader is on the horizon
March 1st, 2011

Kottke writes today: “The Kindle has never been knock-it-out-of-the-park great…it looks like Amazon’s strategy is not to build a great e-reader but to build a pretty good free e-reader.”

Perhaps this means Amazon makes enough profit by selling content for the e-reading device to offset the cost of the device — that putting the e-reading devices in the hands of folks sells more ebooks.

It is worthwhile to think about what this could mean to the cost of education. If school systems bought ebooks instead of paper and ink books, would electronic content distributors then give e-reading devices to students? Why should this not be so? Making the change is a matter of thinking outside of the textbox.


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