Boston.com reports that Maine’s seventh- and eighth-graders are getting new laptops this fall, which leaves more than 30,000 old Apple iBooks. Schools are being given the opportunity to purchase the older iBooks for $48 dollars apiece. Despite the fact that they are older, slower, and more than “gently used,” for the price, they can make a good investment for schools. While under no obligation to do so, many schools are opting to purchase the laptops, while at the same time, maintaining realistic expectations about their purchase. Schools are weighing their options about the computers, and might distribute them to families of students or to other students in the school system….