Two significant advantages of the Kindle Ebook Reader over books is that a) the Kindle can store many dozens of books but weighs the same as one book and b) the books downloaded onto an Ebook Reader work out cheaper - $10 instead of the typical $25 for a school book.
This was the logic that persuaded the Granite School District to buy 147 Kindle Ebook Readers for a total of $52,773.
Jim Henderson, Director of Instructional Technology for Granite, one of the largest districts in Utah, says he was skeptical at first too, until he bought 10 Kindles for employees .
"I put it in the hands of my oldest librarians, and they coveted it almost immediately. I'd compare it to the first iPods. I think this is just the beginning of a trend."
Granite would appear to be the only Utah school district so far to buy Ebook Readers in bulk.
While it may seem pricey, Kindle's biggest selling point for a school district is cost.
The Kindle's wireless capability means users can download books as long as they can make a phone call and the "electronic-paper" of the Kindle elminates the glare normally associated with back-lit computer screens.
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