This is a really interesting article about the shifting intersection of traditional publishing and education technology. What do you think the future of publishing is? And what do you think the time horizon is?

About karen mahon

i am a behavior and learning scientist. i hold an ed.d. in educational psychology and am trained as an instructional designer. i have spent more than 15 years working in education and instructional software design.
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  1. I don’t think actual books will be completely replaced with e-books, ever. While the internet is obviously becoming more and more popular, I think that there just isn’t a comparison to barns and noble’s comfy chairs and in-store coffee-shops. While things like Nook and the e-book are becoming just as mobile as an actual book, there will always be the problem of battery life, price, and availability. E-books may be on the rise, but it is only a matter of time before the paperback/hardcover industry strikes back with a vengeance.

    • karen mahon says:

      I hope you’re right, Kyle, at least for pleasure reading. There’s nothing like the feel and smell of a paper book, is there? But for schools, I think ebooks will be the standard in the not-too-distant future. It’s such a much more affordable option…not just in terms of the books, but in the savings to districts in warehousing costs. Large districts can spend MILLIONS of dollars in warehousing alone. And with the upswing of devices like tablets (and Kindle and Nook applications that run on those devices) in the classroom, I think it’s a done deal.

      In the meantime, I’ll wave to you from my cushy, comfy chair at B&N! 🙂

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