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Follow Florida's Lead: Why More States Should Switch to Digital Textbooks in Schools Now

All of Florida's public schools will switch to digital textbooks by 2015. Yes, it sounds expensive, but other states should be following suit.

It seems like digital textbooks have been the next big thing for years, but, with a few isolated exceptions, they haven't exactly been embraced by schools. That's about to change in Florida thanks to the gutsy passage of a law requiring all public schools in the state to make the switch to e-textbooks by the 2015-16 school year. Critics are a bit freaked out over this decision because education budgets are already tight and e-readers aren't free. But it's about time school districts make the move.

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An iPad Case for Your Inner Book Nerd

Pad & Quill's line of cases for e-readers have the look, feel, and even pleasantly musty smell of your favorite leather-bound classic edition book.


While you've embraced all the high-tech innovation and convenience of e-readers, that doesn't mean you have to surrender all of your book-loving sensibilities to modern technology. Take heart, classic book lovers: Minnesota-based Pad & Quill will give your e-reader a vintage spin that even a librarian will love. Their line of cases for the Nook, Kindle, iPhone, or iPad (their iPad 2 cases start shipping this Friday and even have a punched-out hole for the camera lens) have the look, feel, and even pleasantly musty smell of your favorite leather-bound classic edition book, because they're made in the same fashion.

Using traditional bookbinding techniques, artisans fit together the leather covers and cloth liners and use finished Baltic birch to create the "pages" that frame the iPad securely in place.

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The New "Kindles for Books" Trade Is a Bad Idea

A bookstore in Portland, Oregon, will trade customers new and used books and zines in exchange for their Kindles or other e-readers. What's the point?

A bookstore in Portland, Oregon, Microcosm Publishing, is running a promotion in which it will trade customers new and used books and zines in exchange for their Kindles or other e-readers. Calling Kindles "soulless," the Microcosm website says:

Why let fad technology kill print when you can take a stand and fill up your shelves in the process. ... And make sure to bring a friend to help you carry all your loot; most of the store's books are priced in the $2-$6 range so a $139-$189 trade-in (note: going retail for the Kindle at Amazon's site) you might be carrying your books out in a fleet of wheelbarrows!

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Tech Crunch notes a sign of changing times:

[B]ooks sold on the Kindle are now outpacing the hardcover books Amazon sells. In the past three months, for every 100 hardcover books sold, Amazon.com has sold 143 Kindle books, they say. And that gap is getting wider. In the past month, for every 100 hardcover books sold, there have been 180 Kindle books sold through Amazon. This is across Amazon’s entire U.S. book business and even includes hardcovers that have no Kindle version. Plus, free Kindle books are not included, or the numbers would be even higher.

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