We know the problems with textbooks: stratospheric retail prices that have put the used book market into hyperdrive that has forced publishers to put out new editions more frequently that has pushed retail prices even higher. Who will save us from this cycle of futility?
Will Amazon? It’s trying to with the new Kindle DX. Is this another brilliant Amazon move or a misstep? Laura Dawson says it looks like a miss.
While ebooks are typically priced lower than print books, users expect added features like embedded audio and video, surveys, activities and flash animation–which cost money, and which, by the way, Kindle DX does not support.
And students have laptops already that they use constantly. Why should they spend another $500 for another electronic gizmo if they aren’t required to?
So what do you think? Another Amazon hit–or a miss?