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Initial post: Jul 29, 2010, 10:02:25 PM PDT
What can we do to get all college textbooks available on Kindle? This could be the greatest asset for a college student and their families. Initial investment could yield real $ savings for the course of a college career.

Posted on Jul 30, 2010, 3:04:38 AM PDT
I agree. I'm a law student, and though I often buy my books used, I would gladly pay the full new price if I could have the books on my Kindle. This would seriously save my back...

Posted on Jul 30, 2010, 5:59:50 AM PDT
If even some of my books were kindle, I could catch up on reading without carrying a backpack full. Come on Amazon, help us out, get on these publishers.

Posted on Jul 30, 2010, 7:30:12 AM PDT
Yes, I agree...would love to see more of my college textbooks available on my Kindle. I am a pre-pharmacy student and in my 2nd year I have more textbooks then I can carry in my bookbag!!! Help us out Amazon!!!!

Posted on Aug 1, 2010, 4:00:55 PM PDT
I teach in a public school that provides a home set of textbooks and a classroom copy. This avoids the use of lockers and students using the excuse of forgetting to take their book home for study and homework. The school would come out ahead if we supplied all students with a Kindle and loaded it with specific textbooks. Any idea when textbook publisher will make this available...or will they lose too much $$$?

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 1, 2010, 8:29:00 PM PDT
I totally agree. But I fear that the almighty $$$ will win out over modern technology for our students. What about our forests? If we did not have to sacrifice trees for textbooks, we might get to enjoy them into another generation.

Posted on Aug 5, 2010, 8:12:13 AM PDT
Glittergirl says:
It just makes sense all the way around to provide the text books on Kindle. Eco wise, back wise, space wise, convenience wise, etc. Come on publishers ! LOL By the way, is there a way on Kindle to "highlight" area's of the text for study purposes?

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 6, 2010, 12:45:53 PM PDT
J. Caffery says:
Yes you can highlight it is very easy and it saves them to amazon so you can access later on the kindle or PC.

Posted on Aug 6, 2010, 1:11:34 PM PDT
J. Tang says:
Textbooks for Kindle would be a huge money saver for students and their families because Kindle is available for several platforms.

Posted on Aug 6, 2010, 2:30:18 PM PDT
S. Edwards says:
I'm only going to a community college and several books about general subjects are no where to be found, not even the earliest editions! Please publishers, please Amazon, I will buy a Kindle if you have the textbooks I'll be needing for the next 10 years!

Posted on Aug 6, 2010, 2:33:59 PM PDT
S. Edwards says:
I'm only going to a community college and several books about general subjects are no where to be found, not even the earliest editions! Please publishers, please Amazon, I will buy a Kindle if you have the textbooks I'll be needing for the next 10 years!

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 7, 2010, 4:15:51 PM PDT
I dont believe the publishers would do this. For example the publieshers of a certain Biology textbook provide and ebook version--ONLINE. So if a student wishes to purchase this version they have to have access to the internet. They dont allow downloads. And the online version is only for however long you decided to pay. I believe the options were in intervals of three months up to a year.

Posted on Aug 10, 2010, 11:10:39 AM PDT
i am a nursing student and would love to have my textbooks on Kindle. the only reason i do not have a kindle now is because medical books that i need or use arent assessible. this is the age of computers and electronic, and this should have already been addressed with the publishers. could save a lot of trees :) thank you

Posted on Aug 10, 2010, 2:32:34 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Aug 16, 2010, 9:23:05 PM PDT
Ed Raton says:
College textbooks have been the biggest scam since there were colleges. 16 years ago we were complaining about them. The worst one I remember was a professor who required a textbook he wrote as part of the class. It was a thin, paperbound, POS on philosophy that was the most rambling wad of bird cage liner that was ever printed. It was something like 35 bucks-that's probably $70 in today's money for a 200 page paperback. ARGGGHHHH!

Posted on Aug 17, 2010, 11:45:57 AM PDT
The graphics in textbooks wouldn't look the way they're supposed to in Kindle text books. In any case, while there would be advantages to having Kindle textbooks, I would expect price to be one of them. Already I'm finding that nonfiction Kindle books are often selling at nearly their hardcover price, and sometimes above!

Posted on Aug 21, 2010, 9:26:56 AM PDT
M.Davis says:
I agree with True North. The prices for books on Kindle would be comparable to the hard cover price or more. Kindle would be more convenient though and easier on the back.

Posted on Aug 24, 2010, 6:47:22 AM PDT
True North. I have a Kindle DX and I read a lot of technical books on it (a lot of my textbooks and supplementary books are available on kindle - thank goodness). The graphics, tables and graphs all work well. Of course, I spent more money on the DX for that purpose, but the initial investment will save me a lot (hassle, money, space) in the future.

Posted on Aug 26, 2010, 12:32:51 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Aug 27, 2010, 6:50:41 AM PDT
I have a high school student and have wondered why their textbooks are not available on Kindle too. The school system budgets are tight - this should help to reduce the cost of new books if Amazon and the publishers could offer a paperless deal. Also no more "I forgot to bring my book home."

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 27, 2010, 7:23:57 AM PDT
My point exactly! I wish Oprah could be clued in on this!

Posted on Aug 27, 2010, 7:44:00 AM PDT
Tony says:
Something needs to be done about textbook prices. Publishers still want to charge ridiculous prices for ebooks despite having almost no cost.

Right now, there are hardly any textbooks available as ebooks. This needs to change. ebooks are obviously the way of the future.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 27, 2010, 7:53:59 AM PDT
Right on, Tony. We need a nationwide spokesperson to address this issue. Perhaps the wonderful one that promoted Kindle to the world?

Posted on Aug 27, 2010, 1:17:33 PM PDT
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Posted on Aug 29, 2010, 6:42:01 AM PDT
A few of my textbooks had ebook versions available (not on kindle), but they weren't worth the cost. They cost the same as renting a textbook. They could be accessed online or downloaded, but only up to a certain date after which you could pay more to extend.

I buy my textbooks used when I can, and then I resell them. So far I've been able to resell everything at close to what I paid. With digital versions, they would be cheaper than brand new print copies, but because of the access limitations they'd only be financially beneficial to someone who didn't normally resell their textbooks. Of course, that doesn't take into consideration how much someone is willing to pay for the convenience of having textbooks on Kindle.
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