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Talking about iPads… September 2, 2016

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…as we were. The SBP noted at the weekend that ‘one of the country’s most high-tech schools are ditching their iPads for the humble schoolbook’. It appears that St. Colman’s College in Mayo, an early adopter is reverting to the more traditional approach. Why so?

The €700 cost… a protective cover and all the school e-textbooks.

And it continues:

Physical books can be rented to limit the cost.

‘You’re talking about nearly €700 versus €150 for getting your books…. the publishers failed to provide the e-books at a cheaper prices’ according to the principal.

There’s more, but an interesting straw in the wind.

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1. irishelectionliterature - September 2, 2016

Just what I wanted to hear after shelling out for one!
Already there is panic each evening to make sure it’s charged for the following morning. Slightly odd seeing my daughter looking at a book on the iPad and doing the homework into a copy.

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2. CMK - September 2, 2016

Interesting alright.

Is it just me of are there far fewer Kindles around these days?

A bag full of schoolbooks was a handy defensive weapon back in the day; an iPad not so much.

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3. botheredbarney - September 2, 2016

School textbooks have been expensive, especially when course curricula required changeover to new texts and the outdated books could not be handed down to younger schoolgoing siblings . In several towns there are thriving second-hand school textbook shops, some cooperatively run, for parents with modest incomes. I’m a bit old-fashioned and think children should be brought up on printed books. Children should be asked to write homework in lined jotters and good handwriting should be praised.

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4. FergusD - September 3, 2016

I looked into e-textbooks for the third level course I teach on, and maybe seeing if the university would provide them. They were no cheaper than print copies and were licensed, so maybe, I don’t know for sure, the licensee had to renew it each year or was locked out? Anyway, surely no justification for the high cost if there is no printing. Textbooks I have contributed to involved the authors even producing the artwork! The publishers seem to be so greedy, like the music pigopolists were for so long when digital music appeared (still are I suppose).

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