By Erik Qualman
Many business travelers love their favorite eReader (Nook, Kindle, Sony eReader, etc.) because of the convenience. This is very similar to when we turned in our bulky music CD cases (sorry Case Logic) for lighter and more elegant iPods. As we peer into the future, the thing that excites me the most about eReaders, iPads, etc. is the social component. One quick example is:
When I went to college and purchased a used book I’d spend a few minutes sifting through the various copies before placing one into my plastic basket. After selection, I hoped and prayed that the person who took the notes in the margins and highlighted certain passages was smart. Sure, I had my own system, a tattered book was better than a fresher looking one as I assumed it was read more. I also equated neat handwriting and color coded highlighting as a sign of aptitude. Not a perfect system by any means, but it got me through college.
With the sharing capability of eReaders though, buying used books will quickly become a thing of the past. How great will it be to have one tiny eReader or iPad to tote around campus rather than straining the straps of backpack loaded with books? Also, I will be able to perform quick digital searches and sorts for all the notes from the A+ students. Imagine the improved knowledge transfer from student to student. This is what excites me about the future world of education being enabled by social components of eReaders/iPads and I hope it excites you too.