[caption id="attachment_28615" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="The Kindle has game-changing implications for education."]The Kindle has game-changing implications for education.[/caption]

Schools' use of digital textbooks began long before 2009, but it was a watershed year for this emerging trend in education.

At the K-12 level, California and Texas--two bellwether states for textbook purchasing--opened the door for local school systems to adopt digital texts. In higher education, inspired by the introduction of a Kindle electronic reader designed specifically for textbooks, several colleges and universities announced pilot projects to see how well the technology meets students' needs.

California Gov. Arnold...

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