You can expect Kindle textbooks to be cheaper than their printed counterparts, since it will eliminate the need for printing, binding, and shipping.
Kindle-related Sales could skyrocket
If a $80 textbook could be bought for $40, then buying 12 textbooks would cover the Kindle cost. That’s about two semesters worth of textbooks. The next six semesters (for a 4-year degree), would result in a 50% discount in textbooks cost for students and perhaps a significant increase sales for Amazon…and that’s on the higher side. Discounted prices could be much less.
A cheaper Kindle price must also be taken into serious consideration, if Amazon expect students to buy into the idea.
Consider the “starving” student, some of whom work two or more jobs, to survive and attend school full time. For these students, the current Kindle / Kindle DX prices could be the first high hurdle to overcome to get to the ‘cheaper’ textbook.
Less load for Students
I remember dragging around those heavy backpacks back in college. It was so much work. With Kindle, that would disappear. This would no doubt be a welcome change for many students.
No more textbook re-sale for the ‘Starving Student.’
“Starving” students may not be able to-resell unwanted books to a book store or even amazon once they are through with the course. The would eliminate that extra source of income to help make ends meet.
On the other hand, graduate students could stand to benefit since they tend to keep used books as references.
Perhaps a book-rental agreement of some kind would be the perfect solution, whereby books could be downloaded for a certain period of time for smaller fee than the cost of the book and automatically removed from the device at the end of the rental period.
My sixth sense tells me that this is highly unlikely, but then again, I may be wrong.
The dreaded ‘Fear Factor.’
Electronic failure! You have all your textbooks, notes, anotation, etc., on the Kindle and the night before the final exam, your Kindle refuses to ‘wake up.’ Go forbid that this should happen, but it could. What you do then?
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Note: Already there are a few textbooks available at the kindle store.
To find out what’s available, go to the Kindle Store and do a ‘search’ for your title of interest.