[caption id="attachment_65103" align="alignleft" width="183" caption="A new state mandate requires Florida schools to make all print textbooks digital in four years. "][/caption]

Students at Clearwater High School in Pinellas County, Fla., don't carry backpacks with bulky textbooks anymore: This school year, students traded in their math and English books, science workbook, and several novels for the 10-ounce, 8-inch-by-5-inch electronic reader, Kindle.

If Rebecca Fleck won the lottery for the Highlands County School District in central Florida, she'd probably hand every county student a Kindle, a laptop, or an iPad as well.

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