Why the i-book may not replace the textbook — yet

I was just watching CNBC, which was covering Apple’s new iBooks2 software, something that allows highly interactive textbooks to be available on the iPad. It’s lauded as a money-saver (the textbooks will be $15.00 or less) and as a way to engage students by making textbooks much more interactive (in addition to making backpacks a lot lighter). But interestingly, many of the college students interviewed for the TV coverage said that they wanted to stick with printed books for now. They all expressed concerns that they didn’t have the self-discipline to resist the lure of Facebook and other distractions that the iPad makes so readily available. What do you think? Can you stay focused while reading on-line?


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