Reading the below quote and link reminded me of my son’s required reading at the beginning of this school year. We first tried to purchase physical books on Amazon but wanted more options after seeing the final price. After more research we discovered that the three needed books were on Google Books for half the price and without shipping and handling, of course. Being able to read the books on the Monitor, tablet and also on his phone was a lifesaver. Because of this I’m able to encourage my son to read no matter where he is without lugging tons of books around.
Android makes it very easy to download books and magazines with little price and portability friction. Installing Adobe reader on his phone has also allowed me to download specific things I want him to read. We haven’t even touch the Amazon Kindle or Nook app yet. The potential is limitless and I’m a better parent for it. Wouldn’t it be great to have schools enact this? Android Tablets are a third the price of iPads and have just as much reading real estate. The OS is already familiar with most parents and kids. Imagine trying to help your kid with and iPad when you use an android. What do you think? Will the upcoming summer reading involve a Tablet or an adventure looking for a bookstore?
The problem is that the cheapest iPad is still $500. What high school student is going to buy that? Basically none — their parents will have to. And that’s fine for some students, but not all. Not even a high percent, I’d imagine. In the inner-cities — again, where education is even more of an issue — it’s probably even less likely of a purchase.