Having just received my first Kindle this Christmas, I realize I’m a little late to the e-reader game. However, even after owning it for such a short amount of time, I’ve become quite enamored. I can only think back to my college experiences and think, “Why didn’t they have this kind of thing when I was in college?” Not just for my general reading pleasure, but I can only drool over the fortune it would have saved me on textbooks.
Books are one of the most expensive parts of a college education and I learned to dread the day I’d have to walk a mile through the snow (Honestly, that’s how spring semester starts out at Edinboro University of PA) to buy $400, $500 or even $700 in books. Walking into that campus store was pretty much equivilant to walking onto a car lot. You knew that you could technically sell your books back at the end of the semester and you might end up with enough money to buy yourself a beer or two before you headed home for the summer.
Now that Amazon is testing the waters of e-textbooks, I can only imagine how the college students are rejoicing. Not only is one Kindle lighter and easier to carry than 12 books, but you never even have to leave the comfort of your dorm room (and that is the kind of thing that makes college students very happy). When I was in college, my only alternative to the campus store, was Half.com, where even though a book might be $15 cheaper, you still had to tack on $10 in shipping. (Not to mention not knowing if the person selling the book would manage to ship it before you needed it for your first exam.)
I think Amazon has found a gold mine here, which is just my opinion, but some of you out there might be inclined to agree with me.