What is a Kindle?
Many people are not aware of the extent of functions that a Kindle offers its user. To begin, a Kindle e-book reader is produced by Amazon.com and allows users to shop for, download, browse and read e-books, newspapers magazines, blogs, and other digital media through a wireless system.
A Kindle Fire is a mini tablet computer version of the Kindle e-book reader. Unlike the Kindle e-book reader, the Kindle Fire also offers access to Amazon AppStore streaming movies and TV shows, Kindle’s e-books and WiFi Internet acces.
What are the Pro’s for a college student?
There are many benefits for paying the current price for a Kindle which is $200. First off, once you buy the Kindle the cost of the books are significantly less expensive than book stores or ordering online. There is also a dictionary that allows students to have quick and easy access to a dictionary, which students would be more likely to use than a paperback dictionary. Another task that is made easier with the Kindle is marking a text with annotations or underlining. The book marking, highlighting or notes on passages can also be transferred to a computer and printed out so that the students can refer to them in class.
Kindles clearly make things a lot easier for the student, especially in terms of portability. From personal experience I have realize how much easier it is to take my slender kindle in my backpack than it is to take 4 novels. At any given moment the students have access to a wide library and it takes a major stress off the students when they are trying to remember different books for different classes when they can just grab their Kindle instead.
What are the Con’s for a classroom?
The most obvious concern when it comes to purchasing the Kindle is whether the upfront fee is worth it, in addition to the cases for protection and the price of books on top of all of these additional charges. Another major disappointment for most is that there are no page numbers that are available for the reader when using a Kindle. The reason that this concerns most college students is because texts are often assigned in chapters, asked for reflections on certain pages, or given assignments for essays where students need to cite page numbers for quotes.
Although the Kindle does offer options to take notes on passages and annotate a text the notes are not readily available in the margins but rather collect on a separate page. The reason that many college professors have a problem with this is because of lack of organization of ideas. There is also a slight issue with edition quality because texts that have many editions cause problems when students are not sure which edition to choose and what the difference is.
What are my suggestions?
I was personally against any form of tablet reading until I tried it for the first time. The reason I first tried reading from a tablet was not because I was curious, but because I wanted to read The Hunger Games Series so bad and was too impatient to wait on the list at the library but too cheap to buy the books, so I borrowed my friends Kindle.
The portability is was amazes me the most, my Kindle was carried with me everyone, even if I had no intentions to read it, I brought it for those moment that you wish you had your book. I would bring the Kindle to the gym with me, where flipping through and holding a novel has always been impossible for me.
With this said, I recommend trying out the Kindle and seeing what you think. I will admite that I once too, wanted to stick with my classic paper back, but eventually realized that the benefits of the Kindle outweigh the benefits of sticking to “the traditional way”.