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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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