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Subject: Vilken läsplatta? Big Kindle eller Apple Tablet PC?
From: Jan Szczepanski <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:BIBLIST - Topics in Nordic research library user services <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Thu, 7 May 2009 15:38:17 +0200

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En intressant artikel från PersonaNonData. Länge nu har det ryktats att 
kommer med en läsplatta.,39029450,49293967,00.htm

se även Wikipedia


Big Kindle Goes to School (Shrug)

Posted: 07 May 2009 03:56 AM PDT
The launch of Big Kindle looks like another round in the continuing 
Apple vs Amazon cage fight. Amazon looks to be on the defensive as they 
rush out a larger version of the Kindle for the education market in 
advance of Apple's proposed Tablet PC. Jobs may think that people don't 
read but he does know that children are educated, and education is an 
arena Apple has traditionally done well in. The developing convergence 
of education and book e-commerce is what Amazon may see as a threat: A 
captured market of educational materials that, should Apple enter with a 
tablet PC type device, Amazon could be locked out of.

For Amazon however, Big Kindle will still be giggled over by those in 
Cupertino. Will the Apple tablet be any better? It is certain to have a 
far better form factor. Whether it will be expressly suited to 
delivering educational content in a dynamic and forward thinking manner 
remains to be seen. That is certainly not within the capabilities of Big 

Several universities participated in the launch of Big Kindle and the 
hype around the launch hid a troubling question; namely, why these 
schools were in-bed with the retailer at all? On a list serve I questioned,

Don't the participating universities appear to be endorsing a hardware 
platform (not to mention a specific retail channel). You could argue 
(possibly strongly) that allowing the bookstore to be managed by B&N or 
Follett or even the adoption of college textbooks themselves to be 
little different; however, doesn’t the changed paradigm suggest an 
opportunity to operate on a more open field of play or is this more of 
the same leading to more student frustration, higher prices and deadened 
innovation in education?

In other words, why would the universities want to continue the 
(essentially) old way of doing business when most observers believe we 
are on the cusp of a renaissance in educational learning. The Kindle 
doesn't do multimedia, it doesn't do color and most importantly it 
doesn't do networking because the Kindle is a closed system. This is a 
short sighted collaboration between schools and Amazon that doesn't 
really suggest any major change.

As I thought about the Big Kindle development it struck me that there 
could still be a more interesting development. Content media companies 
suddenly developing a hardware delivery platform are growing like weeds 
from NewsCorp to Hearst, and there could be an opportunity for 
collaboration between the news/magazine world and education. What if 
CourseSmart or Safari joined one of these efforts? That would be a far 
more interesting and potentially game changing development than selling 
text book content on a Big Kindle. By definition, the hardware to 
support a digital magazine will be capable of all the aspects necessary 
in delivering a changed educational experience.

Will that happen? As it turns out some of the partners involved in 
CourseSmart are also participating in the Big Kindle roll out; but, what 
is CourseSmart if it isn't a new way to deliver educational materials to 
learners? That doesn't seem to be what students will be getting with Big 
Kindle. There may be all kinds of reasons why CourseSmart (or even an 
publisher themselves) won't be launching a device: The predominant 
reason may be the amount of print revenue tied to Amazon, and therefore 
from my perspective Big Kindle and education is more about marketing 
hype than anything fundamental. We await more developments with keen 

De åsikter som framförs här är mina personliga 
och inte ett uttryck för Göteborgs universitets-
biblioteks hållning

Opinions expressed here are my own and not
those of the Gothenburg University Library 

Jan Szczepanski
Förste bibliotekarie 
Goteborgs universitetsbibliotek 
Box 222
SE 405 30 Goteborg, SWEDEN 
Tel: +46 31 7861164 Fax: +46 31 163797 
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