Janet Okoben / [Cleveland] Plain Dealer / May 06 2009 / 04:00AM
Case Western Reserve University students will use the Amazon's Kindle electronic reader in classrooms this fall.
Case Western Reserve University students will be among the first in the nation to use textbooks on the new Kindle electronic reader next fall , using a large-screen version of the device to be unveiled today in New York.
Students in the chemistry, computer science and freshman seminar classes using the handheld Kindle next fall at CWRU will be asked to compare their experience to that of classmates using traditional paper textbooks, Lev Gonick, the university's chief information officer, said in the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday.
CWRU is one of six universities nationally picked to test the equipment, according to the report. Amazon, the company that produces Kindle, has worked out a deal with publishers to load textbooks onto the devices, which will be supplied to students, Gonick told the newspaper.
The ability to link to an Internet site from text, as a way of learning more about a word or phrase, is one of the features that has attracted interest in Kindle. Books and periodicals are downloaded directly onto the device for a fee.
But will the device be as useful for textbooks, which often aren't read from start to finish in the way a reader would work through a novel?