Princeton hopes Kindle will reduce printing

Princeton is one of the schools partnering with Amazon around uses of the Kindle in higher education. While many of the other schools in the pilot program are focusing on electronic textbooks, Princeton is especially interested in reducing printing. The Library and OIT at Princeton are co-sponsoring the pilot project, with support from a foundation that will enable them to offer the devices at no cost to about 50 students. The library will scan e-reserves in Optical Character Recognition form, which will enable students to annotate the readings. This may reduce students printing out e-reserves. An article in the Daily Princetonian provides more information: http://www.dailyprincetonian.com/2009/05/08/23660/ as does a website about the pilot project: http://www.princeton.edu/ereaderpilot/.

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Author: Lynne O Brien, Ph.D.

Lynne O'Brien is Director of Academic Technology and Instructional Services for Perkins Library at Duke University. She works with faculty, librarians, campus IT planners and academic technology groups around the country to develop programs to support the use of technology in teaching and research initiatives. Her interests include strategic planning for libraries and for academic technology, open access and open source educational materials and mobile learning.